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Saudi crown prince arrives in Madrid on last stop of global tour

12 April 2018, 06:21 | Marta Robbins

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The leaders of Saudi Arabia and France have both said that they could take part in military action in Syria after a suspected chemical attack killed at least 60 people in the eastern Ghouta region over the weekend.

The French president also expressed concern for the humanitarian situation in Yemen, which has been under bombardment by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition for the past three years.

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 United States and Britain.

"France is potentially an accomplice to serious violations of humanitarian laws by selling weapons and military equipment to Saudi Arabia", said Aurelie Perrier from Amnesty International at a protest near the Eiffel Tower.

Pressure has been mounting on Macron to scale back arms support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are leading the coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa.

"We will not tolerate ballistic missiles activities that threaten Saudi Arabia", Macron said.

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"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.

The kingdom also revealed Monday that it would enter short films at the Cannes cinema festival for the first time and send an official delegation to the celebration of often edgy and subversive silver-screen art on the Riviera this May.

Ahead of prince Mohammed's trip to France, Saudi officials suggested relations were strong between him and Macron, both young leaders with reformist agendas.

State oil giant Saudi Aramco earlier announced deals with major French companies including Total, Technip and Suez.

A coalition of leading rights organizations have urged Spain, the last stop on the Saudi crown prince's worldwide tour, to scrap its planned sale of warships and weapons to the aggressive regime in Riyadh. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who was in Paris, attended.



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