Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State, attended a celebration, titled, "From the UAE Desert to the Louvre's Lights, the Sheikh Zayed Centennial," in the French capital, Paris.
The celebration, which was held at the Sheikh Zayed Centre in the Louvre Museum, was attended by Jean-Luc Martinez, Representative of the President of France and President of the Louvre Museum, Jack Lang, Chairman of the Arab World Institute and Former French Minister, as well as many Arab and foreign diplomats, and the staff of the UAE Embassy in Paris.
During the celebration, Nusseibeh said, "I am proud of this celebration, which is being held to celebrate the centennial of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed in the importance of investing in culture, especially as Abu Dhabi, for many centuries, has been a meeting point between the east and west. We are all proud of the efforts of the wise leadership, which fulfilled the wish that he always had, to launch the Louvre Abu Dhabi to crown the UAE's advanced strategic partnership with France, in an expression of the humanitarian culture that brings both countries together."
"The late Sheikh Zayed established the strong and deeply-rooted cultural relations between the UAE and France, and he realised that no country can achieve advancement and success in isolation from other countries. So he strengthened the UAE's bilateral relations with France, especially their cultural relations, reflecting the UAE's well-established vision that the advancement of nations and their social development are based on cultural diversity, tolerance, joint dialogue and openness to others," he added.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs