Sunday, 14 Aug 2022

Macron arrives in Saudi for talks with crown prince

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for face-to-face talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, becoming the first major western leader to step on the kingdom’s soil since journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s 2018 murder. Macron considers Saudi Arabia vital to help forge a region-wide peace deal with Iran, as well as an ally in the fight against Islamist militants from the Middle East to West Africa, and a rampart against the Muslim Brotherhood. France is one of Saudi Arabia’s main arms suppliers, but it has faced increasing pressure to review its sales because of th…

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