France considering strikes on Assad's chemical facilities: Macron

France considering strikes on Assad's chemical facilities: Macron

Saudi Arabia will employ French expertise to set up a national opera and orchestra, under an agreement signed Monday during a visit to Paris by the kingdom's modernising Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It also shows his desire to further deepen the strategic partnership.

Under the reforms closely associated with the crown prince, social restrictions have been loosened, such as bans on cinemas and women driving.

"I can not think of a better partner for culture and art than France", Saudi Culture Minister Awwad Alawwad told AFP.

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 is only eight years older than the prince.

Macron hosted a gala send-off dinner for the crown prince at the Elysee Palace. He has promised to promote a more moderate form of Islam.

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Deepening commerce and investment is beneficial to the two countries' economies, as the Kingdom Vision 2030 is an opportunity to explore new domains, in business and cooperation in the main sectors for cooperation such as water and environment, connected sustainable cities, transport, energy, health, agriculture and water supply.

In February, Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced it would stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of previous year, and pump $64 billion in the sector in the coming decade.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France will work towards tackling world challenges facing worldwide community, including climate change and human development and the joint action of the two countries will decisively contribute to these domains.

It also singled out Saudi support for Iraq's fallen dictator Saddam Hussein in his 1980-1988 war against Iran, its military intervention in Yemen since 2015 and its apparent rapprochement with Israel.

Three out of four French people believe it is "unacceptable" for France to continue selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, according to a poll last month by independent research group YouGov. Several rights groups also have warned of possible legal action if the government does not halt its sales.

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