France's Macron agrees with Riyadh on curbing Iran 'expansionism'

12 April, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Countries in the region "will never forget the role played by Saudi Arabia in conspiring for, supporting and arming violent terrorists and extremists such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh (IS) and other similar groups", Iran's foreign ministry said.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France will work towards tackling world challenges facing worldwide community, including climate change and human development and the joint action of the two countries will decisively contribute to these domains.

"If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present", Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Tuesday at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, wrapping up a three-day visit to Paris.

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Macron also announced that France would co-organize with Saudi Arabia a conference on humanitarian aid for Yemen, where a civil war has been fought since 2015. "We have here a young leader who is going to be in the highest functions in a country where 70 per cent of the population is under 30", Macron said alongside the 32-year-old prince.

Macron said France would decide in coming days on "a strong and joint response" with the United States and Britain to the suspected use of a poison gas that Syrian activists and rescues said killed 40 people near Damascus.

Amnesty International also took out a full-page advertisement in the Liberation newspaper on Monday, featuring the feet of an executed prisoner, urging Macron to talk about human rights with Prince Mohammed.

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Macron stressed the need for "respect for worldwide humanitarian law".

Qassemi went on to say that today, Saudi Arabia is in dire need to have a periodical face change to erase its dark record over the recent years. The move follows statements by Russian Federation and Syria who both said they wanted to facilitate a visit by inspectors.

Macron waded into a regional crisis last November when Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri tendered his resignation on live television from Riyadh, apparently under pressure from the crown prince. In total, $9 billion will be invested, the companies said.

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