French President Macron to hold talks with Saudi crown prince in Paris

12 April, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Sheri Evans
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The spokesman then said the current rulers of Saudi Arabia have turned themselves into the icons of violence and crimes in the Middle East along with the Zionist regime by further meddling in the internal affairs of the regional states, contributing to the regional destabilisation and problems.

Human rights groups have expressed concerns about the crown prince's visit, and a lawyer representing one group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in France accusing him of complicity in torture in Yemen.

Iran, a bitter regional rival of Saudi Arabia with which diplomatic ties were cut in 2016, was responding to the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who on Tuesday referred to Tehran's "support for terrorism" during a visit to Paris.

On Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has led an global military coalition since 2015 and waged a blockade that has sparked widespread condemnation. "It is obvious that we will not tolerate any ballistic activity that threatens Saudi Arabia". Several rights groups also have warned of possible legal action if the government does not halt its sales.

He and Macron stated their conflicting views over the Iran nuclear deal, which both Saudi Arabia and the US strongly criticize.

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"Since the start of the conflict in Yemen, France has adopted a very specific process whereby all sales of military equipment are analysed on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of reinforced criteria that reflect respect for worldwide humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations", Macron said.

Seventy-five per cent of French people want Macron to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, a YouGov poll found.

But the trip follows a period of underlying tensions. Cospedal was representing Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis who is accompanying Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on an official visit to Argentina.

President Emmanuel Macron and Prince Mohammed bin Salman touring the Louvre museum.

Saudi national company Aramco and French oil giant Total announced a deal earlier Tuesday to build a petrochemical complex in Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

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