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French PM launches UAE-France Cultural Dialogue

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Abu Dhabi, Feb 10 (IANS/WAM) A six-month series of cultural collaborations between the UAE and was launched in on Saturday by French

The inauguration, attended by the UAE's and Knowledge Development and Zaki Nusseibeh, was held at Louvre

Under the UAE-Cultural Dialogue 2018, numerous festivals, exhibitions and educational initiatives will be held in both countries in a bid to promote cross-cultural exchange.

Philippe spoke of the long-standing relationship between the two countries initiated by the UAE founding father Sheikh Zayed in 1971.

Philippe toured the museum and discussed with Al Kaabi ways to expand the scope of mutual cultural collaborations.

"This was the fruit of 10 years of exceptional co-operation between and the UAE. The result, as you can see, reflects our common ambition to utilise culture in better understanding the world and its diversity," he said.

He also addressed the UAE's plans to reintroduce French language classes in Emirati schools for the first time since 1988, the opening of an Arabic language learning centre at and plans for other initiatives to promote Arabic teaching in schools and learning centres in

"Language is the bond that unites us, each in his own language," he said.

Al Kaabi said the joint government initiative -- which coincides with the Year of Zayed -- would involve empowering talents, promoting values of creativity, innovation and with a particular focus on the UAE's youth community.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:18 IST
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