Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, state minister and commander of the National Guard, met with French President Francois Hollande in Elysee Palace here yesterday and underscored the strong relations between the two countries.
“My talks with the president focused on the historic relations between the two countries. France is one of the most advanced countries and we want to strengthen our cooperation with France and other friendly countries,” Prince Miteb said. The meeting at Elysee Palace was attended by Saudi Ambassador to France Dr. Muhammad Al-Asheikh. “Saudi-French relations are strong and deep-rooted,” the prince said while leaving the palace.
“Our relations are at the highest level under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and President Hollande,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted him as saying.
Prince Miteb said the Saudi-French ties are based on a strong foundation and there is mutual understanding on all issues. “We also cooperate in many areas,” he pointed out.
The National Guard chief expressed his happiness over meeting the new French president, adding that he had conveyed the greetings of the Saudi leadership and people to Hollande for winning the recent presidential election.
“Meetings and visits of officials from both countries will strengthen relations and open new horizons of cooperation based on mutual trust to realize joint interests,” he said.
Prince Miteb expressed Saudi Arabia’s desire to expand cooperation with France, enhancing their joint work into new areas.