Saudi Arabia seeks French help for music, opera and cinema

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

France's president has said he agrees with Saudi Arabia on the need to curb Iranian "expansionism" in the Middle East.

Human rights groups have expressed concerns about the crown prince's visit, and a lawyer representing one group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in France accusing him of complicity in torture in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia will employ French expertise to set up a national opera and orchestra, under an agreement signed Monday during a visit to Paris by the kingdom's modernising Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Macron also announced that France would co-organize with Saudi Arabia a conference on humanitarian aid for Yemen, where a civil war has been fought since 2015.

Qassemi said the Saudis should have this point in mind that they can not change their doomed fate by playing the blame game, buying security and sponsoring terrorist groups.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday a decision on whether to carry out military strikes on Syrian chemical weapons' facilities would be made in the coming days after more consultations with the United States and Britain.

Stock Market Rallies As China's President Eases Fears Of Trade War
If the two sides can't agree on a solution, the next step could be for Beijing to request a ruling from a panel of trade experts. Still, the White House also admonished China to take concrete action on USA complaints about unfair trade practices.

"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.

He and Macron stated their conflicting views over the Iran nuclear deal, which both Saudi Arabia and the US strongly criticize.

"We will not tolerate ballistic missiles activities that threaten Saudi Arabia", 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. The move follows statements by Russian Federation and Syria who both said they wanted to facilitate a visit by inspectors.

He will host the prince for a gala dinner at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday. In total, $9 billion will be invested, a joint statement from the company said.

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