Saudi Aramco to build giant oil complex with French Total

Saja Kamal

Saja Kamal

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

Human rights groups have expressed concerns about the crown prince's visit, and a lawyer representing one group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in France accusing him of complicity in torture in Yemen.

"Our position is that those who are responsible for the use of chemical weapons must be held accountable and be brought to justice", Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris during a visit by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The kingdom is the lead partner in a coalition of countries bombing and blockading Yemen, where a combination of fighting, disease and food shortages has led it to be dubbed the world's worst humanitarian crisis by the UN.

Qassemi said the Saudis should have this point in mind that they can not change their doomed fate by playing the blame game, buying security and sponsoring terrorist groups.

Macron said he would decide "in the coming days" on his response, in conjunction with the United States and Britain. "It is obvious that we will not tolerate any ballistic activity that threatens Saudi Arabia".

Qassemi went on to say that today, Saudi Arabia is in dire need to have a periodical face change to erase its dark record over the recent years. "Yet we are attached to the respect of worldwide law and especially humanitarian law in Yemen".

They signed a cooperation agreement on research and tourism at the Mada'in Saleh archaeological site in northwest Saudi Arabia.

Prince Mohammed is scheduled to meet with Spain's King Felipe VI, who acceded to the throne in 2014, on Thursday morning before holding talks later in the day with Rajoy.

Macron eventually mediated a solution with Prince Mohammed to the problem, and on Tuesday the three dined at the Elysee palace with Hariri tweeting a selfie of the three of them.

Saudi national company Aramco and French oil giant Total announced a deal earlier Tuesday to build a petrochemical complex in Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

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