PARIS, -- Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) and Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly, on Wednesday held talks on promoting political, parliamentary, cultural and educational co-operation and relations between their countries.

They highlighted the role of parliamentary bodies in co-ordinating current global developments.

The parties also discussed the common stance of the UAE and France towards a number of regional and global issues such as combating terrorism and extremism, the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, promoting international peace and security as well as the international humanitarian law.

They further highlighted the role of parliaments in combating terrorism and countering the consequences of humanitarian crises and the resultant flow of refugees.

The parties further stressed that the UAE and France play a significant role in reviving the Middle East peace process.

The talks also covered co-operation in the energy sector.

"We are in a friendly country that has historic and strategic relations and a real partnership in various spheres," the FNC speaker said, and noted that the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum reflects their close cultural co-operation.

The President of the French National Assembly noted that he was delighted at receiving Al Qubaisi, the first woman in the Arab region to head a parliamentary body.

He commended the efforts of the UAE to diversity sources of income away from oil and advance the role of women and youth.

Relations between the leaders and peoples of the two friendly countries are progressing in all spheres, he noted.

A number of officials and members of the FNC, the UAE Ambassador to France Madhed Hareb Mughir Al Khaiili and a number of members of the French National Assembly attended the talks.

Source: Emirates News Agency