Riyadh (April 05, 2018): The French officials have said on Thursday that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman be visiting France next week, expected to focus on investment but also the war in Yemen.
The 32-year-old de-facto Saudi leader is expected to arrive Sunday for a two-day official visit starting Monday the latest stop in an international tour that has already taken him to the US and Britain.
On Tuesday, he will have dinner with President Emmanuel Macron to discuss “a new strategic partnership”, with a particular focus on investment in renewable energy and the digital economy, Macron’s office said.“We want a new kind of cooperation, less focused on one-off contracts and more on forward-looking investments, namely in the digital economy and renewable energy, with a shared vision,” the presidency added in a statement.
The two leaders will also discuss Middle East conflicts, including the war in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out a bombing campaign since 2015 to try to rout Houthi rebels.
France is a major arms vendor to Saudi Arabia and several rights groups have accused the country of doing too little to ensure that its weapons are not used in Yemen, where the war has killed nearly 10,000 people.
French officials said France was not expected to sign any major deals during Prince Salman´s visit.