France and Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb Iran's 'expansionism'

French President Macron to hold talks with Saudi crown prince in Paris

As US President Donald Trump threatens to tear up a 2015 nuclear cooperation deal with Iran, Macron has sought to convince the Saudi prince that some agreement to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions is better than no deal at all.

The Saudi prince's trip to Spain will come hot on the heels of a three-day official visit to France and after a tour lasting several weeks of the United States, Britain and Egypt, where the self-styled moderniser signed multimillion-dollar deals.

Saudi Aramco received the largest share of the value of the deals in an agreement with France's Total for a petrochemical complex in Jubail Industrial City in eastern Saudi Arabia, with an investment of $9 billion.

With a smile on his face, and on the eager faces of other reporters in the room, the crown prince said that he is very careful that his wife and four children lead a normal life that is not affected by his post as the future heir of the kingdom.

Macron invited Hariri to Paris for talks and he later rescinded his resignation, a development that analysts say exposed the limits of the prince's authority.

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It appeared created to send a message of reconciliation after Hariri was allegedly pressured to resign by the Saudi royal during a trip to Riyadh last November, causing a crisis which Macron helped defuse.

"This period of ambiguity and confusion is now behind us thanks to the efforts from all sides and the personal implication of President Macron", Moueen Merhebi, an MP in Hariri's party, told AFP in Beirut.

While Mr. Macron made no specific references to human rights or freedoms in the kingdom, he had perhaps opted to push a more subtle message two days earlier in a private dinner and tour of the Louvre museum, including an exhibition of revolutionary 19th-century French painter Eugene Delacroix.

The painting features a bare-breasted woman holding the French tricolour, an image that would be banned in Saudi Arabia for its nudity and its subversive political message.

They planned to discuss a "strategic partnership" that would lead to contracts by the time Macron visits Saudi Arabia at the end of the year, the French presidency said.

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When asked whether Saudi Arabia could be part of such a response, Jubeir declined to comment.

After Paris, he will head to Madrid, before heading home ahead of the next Arab League summit meeting, on April 15 in Riyadh.

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

"Between now and the summer a joint conference will be held on Yemen to clarify what is being done and what needs to be done", he said.

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