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Tonya Becker
April 12, 2018

"The partnership between Saudi Arabia and France is very important, especially now that Europe and the Middle East are going through changes in the world".

Human rights groups have accused Saudi Arabia of targeting civilians with airstrikes.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, traveled on Wednesday to Spain on an official visit.

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.

Macron said he would decide "in the coming days" on his response, in conjunction with the USA and Britain. "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.

"We will continue to be extremely vigilant on this point", he said, while adding: "It is obvious that we will not tolerate any ballistic activity that threatens Saudi Arabia".

"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 worldwide humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations", Macron said.

Macron insisted there was no better option than enforcing the nuclear deal, but also pushed for post-2025 proposals to ensure the security of the region.

Macron is only eight years older than the prince. The move follows statements by Russian Federation and Syria who both said they wanted to facilitate a visit by inspectors.

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.

Macron eventually mediated a solution with Prince Mohammed to the problem, and on Tuesday the three dined at the Elysee palace with Hariri tweeting a selfie of the three of them.

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