Saudi Arabia, France to boost cooperation at all levels

Saudi investments in France amount to about $900 million, mostly in the real estate sector. (SPA)
Updated 23 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia, France to boost cooperation at all levels

  • France ranks third among countries investing in Saudi Arabia, and has 80 companies operating in the Kingdom

JEDDAH: The Saudi-French Parliamentary Friendship Committee chaired by Dr. Fahd bin Hamoud Al-Enezi held talks with a delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly headed by Claude Guess Gen.
The two sides reviewed ways to enhance cooperation between the Saudi Shoura Council and the French National Assembly. They also discussed issues of common interests and the regional and global political and economic situation.
Saudi Arabia and France enjoy cordial ties. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to France was the cornerstone of investments amounting to $18 billion. The bilateral trade exceeds $9.22 billion.
France ranks third among countries investing in Saudi Arabia, and has 80 companies operating in the Kingdom.
Saudi investments in France amount to about $900 million, mostly in the real estate sector, according to French statistics.
The Saudi-French CEO Forum in Paris in April resulted in the signing of 20 memoranda of understanding amounting to $18 billion.


Saudi Arabia says UN Khashoggi report contains ‘baseless allegations’ and ‘contradictions’

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Saudi Arabia says UN Khashoggi report contains ‘baseless allegations’ and ‘contradictions’

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the report contained 'nothing new.'
  • Saudi Arabia late indicted 11 people for the killing and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that a report by a UN expert on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi contains “baseless allegations” and “contradictions.”

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the report contained “nothing new.”

He said the judicial authorities in the Kingdom are the only ones competent to investigate the case and that a number of suspects have already been arrested.

The report “contains clear contradictions and baseless allegations which challenge its credibility,” he said on Twitter.

“We strongly reject any attempt to prejudice the Kingdom’s leadership or to remove the case from the course of justice in the Kingdom or influencing it in any way.”

The report released Wednesday by UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, said the murder of Khashoggi was the responsibility of the state of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia late last year indicted 11 people for the killing and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them.

Saudi prosecutors said Khashoggi was killed by a “rogue operation” in a botched attempt to repatriate him. 

Al-Jubeir said the trials are being attended by representatives from the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in addition to Turkey and Saudi human rights organizations.