Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

France, Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb Iranian 'expansionism'

France, Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb Iranian 'expansionism'

"France is potentially an accomplice to serious violations of humanitarian laws by selling weapons and military equipment to Saudi Arabia", said Aurelie Perrier from Amnesty International at a protest near the Eiffel Tower.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing the tiny but super-rich Gulf state of supporting militant groups and forging close ties with Iran.

Paris: France President Emmanuel Macron took on critics of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, saying it was too easy to criticise the young leader's haste to reform and urged detractors to give him time.

On Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has led an worldwide military coalition since 2015 and waged a blockade that has sparked widespread condemnation.

"If required by our alliance with our partners, we will be there", he said, according to the French translation of his remarks spoken in Arabic. Several rights groups also have warned of possible legal action if the government does not halt its sales.

"France's position is clear: full support for the security of Saudi Arabia, condemnation of the ballistic activity coming from the Houthis, willingness to find a political solution to the conflict and strong humanitarian demands on civilian populations", Macron said. "Yet we are attached to the respect of global law and especially humanitarian law in Yemen".

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

They will now work on a "strategic document" involving a series of contracts to be signed by Macron during a visit to Saudi Arabia later this year, his office said, without further details.

Macron hosted a gala send-off dinner for the crown prince at the presidential Elysee palace.

Today's visit follows King Felipe's trip to... Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is in Paris, also attended.

State oil giant Saudi Aramco earlier announced deals with major French companies including Total, Technip and Suez.

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