Give Saudi Arabia A Chance, French President Tells Critics

Give Saudi Arabia A Chance, French President Tells Critics

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

"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 worldwide 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.

Speaking after talks with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Macron said he would decide "in the coming days" on his response, in conjunction with the USA and Britain.

Macron said France would decide in coming days on "a strong and joint response" with the United States and Britain to the suspected use of a poison gas that Syrian activists and rescues said killed 40 people near Damascus.

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. "It is obvious that we will not tolerate any ballistic activity that threatens Saudi Arabia". "Yet we are attached to the respect of global law and especially humanitarian law in Yemen".

Amnesty International also took out a full-page advertisement in the Liberation newspaper on Monday, featuring the feet of an executed prisoner, urging Macron to talk about human rights with Prince Mohammed.




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 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.

But the trip follows a period of underlying tensions.

Saudi national company Aramco and French oil giant Total announced a deal earlier Tuesday to build a petrochemical complex in Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

Macron hosted a gala send-off dinner for the crown prince at the Elysee Palace.

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