Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Crown Prince Heads to Spain on Official Visit

Crown Prince Heads to Spain on Official Visit

The spokesman then said the current rulers of Saudi Arabia have turned themselves into the icons of violence and crimes in the Middle East along with the Zionist regime by further meddling in the internal affairs of the regional states, contributing to the regional destabilisation and problems.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has arrived in Madrid for his first official visit to Spain.

It also singled out Saudi support for Iraq's fallen dictator Saddam Hussein in his 1980-1988 war against Iran, its military intervention in Yemen since 2015 and its apparent rapprochement with Israel.

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


"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.

A lawyer representing a Yemeni human rights group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in France accusing Mohammed of complicity in torture.

"Since the start of the conflict in Yemen, France has adopted a very specific process whereby all sales of military equipment are analysed on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of reinforced criteria that reflect respect for global humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations", Macron said.

Macron is only eight years older than the prince.


Prince Mohammed is scheduled to meet with Spain's King Felipe VI, who acceded to the throne in 2014, on Thursday morning before holding talks later in the day with Rajoy.

He will host the prince for a gala dinner at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday.

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

Macron waded into a regional crisis last November when Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri tendered his resignation on live television from Riyadh, apparently under pressure from the crown prince.


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