Saudi crown prince visit ends with $18bn deals, political alignment with France

11 Апреля, 2018, 13:40 | Author: Nina Hammond
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to France has him right in the middle of negotiations of a US-led coalition to attack Syria.

"The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", it added, saying the OPCW's director general Ahmet Uzumcu wants the team "to establish facts surrounding these allegations."The White House on Tuesday abruptly announced the cancellation of US President Donald Trump's first trip to Latin America, scheduled for later this week, saying he wants to "oversee the American response to Syria".

We have here a young leader who is going to be in the highest functions in a country where 70 percent of the population is under 30", Macron said alongside the 32-year-old prince".

Prince Mohammed, who was ending a three-day tour to France on Tuesday, has won Western plaudits for seeking to reduce Saudi Arabia's reliance on oil, tackle chronic corruption and transform the deeply conservative, mainly Sunni Muslim kingdom.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "No comment", read the caption.

Just last November, Hariri surprised the world by tendering his resignation on live television from Riyadh, apparently under pressure from Prince Mohammed.

"Fashion has always an interest of Saudi Arabia", Princess Noura told AFP at the event.

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But the gallery tour and dinner at the Louvre also underscored one of main themes of the visit so far, namely deepening cultural ties that will see Saudi officials call on French expertise to set up a national opera and orchestra.

Macron and the Saudi heir had already dined for almost three hours Sunday at the Louvre museum, with the young French leader later tweeting photos of them in front of Eugene Delacroix´s "Liberty Leading The People".

The conservative kingdom will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time next month.

Speaking Tuesday to reporters in Paris, Al-Jubeir blamed the Houthis for stealing humanitarian aid, using human shields and reneging on peace agreements, and said "the lawsuit should be filed against them".

After Paris, he will head to Madrid, before heading home ahead of the next Arab League summit meeting, on April 15 in Riyadh.

The kingdom is the lead partner in a coalition of countries bombing and blockading Yemen, where a combination of fighting, disease and food shortages has led the United Nations to dub it the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The two leaders were expected to sign agreements and hold a joint news conference before a gala send-off dinner at the presidential Elysee palace.

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