Saudi and French foreign ministers discuss trade relations in Riyadh

The Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs met his French counterpart in Riyadh on Sunday.

Adel Al Jubeir and Jean-Yves Le Drian reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to further develop them, the official press reported.

Before the global Covid-19 pandemic, Saudi exports to France were worth more than $ 6 billion a year, while France exported $ 3.5 billion in goods to the kingdom.

The ministers also discussed regional and international issues of common interest.

The reception was attended by the Director General of the Cabinet of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Cabinet Member Khalid bin Musaed Al Anqari, Ambassador to France Fahd bin Mayouf Al Ruwaili and Director General of the General Department for European Countries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Khuzaym.

The French embassy tweeted an image of the “warm and friendly” meeting and said it highlighted the “close strategic partnership between France and Saudi Arabia.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, according to the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

Saudi Investment Minister Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Falih paid an official visit to France on Thursday with the aim of strengthening investment and economic ties.

He said the kingdom’s economy had “become open to domestic and foreign investment, at an unprecedented rate and size,” according to the Saudi News Agency. The aim is to provide investment opportunities in a variety of sectors.

Updated: October 3, 2021, 12:43


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