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

Saudi crown prince wraps up official visit to France

Saudi crown prince wraps up official visit to France

"These people should know that by levelling baseless accusations against Iran and harbouring their delusions about the country, they can not close their eyes to this reality that all regional states and nations as well as close observers of the regional and global developments are fully aware of Saudi Arabia's role in creating, sponsoring and arming the terrorist and violent groups like ISIS in the region", he noted.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concluded a three-day visit to France after securing 19 draft contracts between French and Saudi companies worth more than $18bn.

The kingdom is the lead partner in a coalition of countries bombing and blockading Yemen, where a combination of fighting, disease and food shortages has led it to be dubbed the world's worst humanitarian crisis by the UN. Human rights groups also question how far the kingdom has come. "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 he would decide "in the coming days" on his response, in conjunction with the U.S. and Britain.

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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.

The Crown Prince will attend a luncheon banquet to be hosted by King Felipe VI at the royal palace in Madrid.

The visit comes in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and in response to an invitation from the Spanish government.

Saudi national oil company Aramco and French oil giant Total also announced a deal worth $9bn that would see the construction of a petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

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