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Saudi FM, His French counterpart discuss developments in the region

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and his French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian met (Sunday) to discuss regional trends as well as regional and international topics of mutual concern.

This occurred during a phone discussion between the Saudi minister and his French colleague, during which they discussed bilateral ties between the two friendly countries as well as prospects for cooperative collaboration.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visited France in 2018, 19 protocols of the agreement were signed between French and Saudi companies, with a total value of more than $ 18 billion, covering industrial sectors such as petrochemicals and water treatment, as well as tourism, culture, health, and agriculture.

French investment in the Kingdom surged by 140 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, reaching $23.8 billion through 259 projects, making France the third country to invest in the Kingdom.

France is committed to its collaboration with Saudi Arabia, describing it as a “close friend” that plays a critical role in ensuring regional security and stability and highlighting the importance of including the Kingdom in regional security and stability in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file.

The two countries agree on the importance of finding a political solution in Yemen based on the three references, as well as the importance of putting pressure on the Houthi militia to enter into serious negotiations with the legitimate government to end the human suffering caused by the militia.

Many problems are shared by the Saudi and French sides, including the significance of adopting political and economic changes in Lebanon as an international demand to achieve security, stability, and prosperity for Lebanon free of foreign intervention.

They also agree on the significance of making efforts to promote security and stability in the Middle East, the value of cooperative action and the importance of enhancing communication and dialogue on the issues the area is facing, especially the current events in Iraq.

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