Monday, 23 April, 2018

Saudi Arabia, France sign deals worth $18bn

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Apple CEO Tim Cook during his recent Silicon Valley tour Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Apple CEO Tim Cook during his recent Silicon Valley tour
Freda Brock | 12 April, 2018, 00:53

Saudi Ambassador to Spain Prince Mansour said that the choice of Spain by the Crown Prince to include in his current visit to the major world powers showed the depth and strength of the bilateral relations that bind the two great nations.

A Yemeni rights group on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Prince Mohammed in France, accusing him of complicity in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen, lawyers said.

To complete his tour of the US, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters, along with other top Apple executives.

Also atop the agenda were the wars in Yemen and Syria; Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran; and the fight against terrorism and terrorist financing.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman urged the Saudi officials to have retrospective look at what happened to their staunch regional ally, Saddam, the notorious dictator of Iraq who oppressed Iraqis for 24 years of a tyrannical police state, to take their lesson from the not so past contemporary history of the region that buying security from cross-regional countries will not have a happy ending.

Damage to Syria's T-4 air base after deadly missile strike
At least 100 people were killed, including families found in their homes and shelters, opposition activists and local rescuers said.

"The discussions were friendly, which allowed the two men to establish a personal relationship", Macron's office said.

Deepening commerce and investment is beneficial to the two countries' economies, as the Kingdom Vision 2030 is an opportunity to explore new domains, in business and cooperation in the main sectors for cooperation such as water and environment, connected sustainable cities, transport, energy, health, agriculture and water supply.

Three out of four French people believe it is "unacceptable" for France to continue selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, according to a poll last month by independent research group YouGov. Human rights groups also question how far the kingdom has come.

Today's visit follows King Felipe's trip to...

Macron invited Hariri to Paris for talks and he later rescinded his resignation, a development that analysts say exposed the limits of the prince's authority. -French operation against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

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