Emmanuel Macron to receive Mohammed bin Salman on European tour

Published on : 07/28/2022 - 03:47 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be received by President Emmanuel Macron for a "working dinner" at the Elysee Palace on Thursday evening. They should address, among other things, the topic of oil.

After Greece, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) arrived in France on Thursday 28 July. The French presidency was announced Wednesday, with President Emmanuel Macron welcoming him for a "working dinner" at 8:30 pm in the Elysee. MBS's visit follows Emmanuel Macron's visit to Jeddah in December.

On this occasion both people started an initiative to help Lebanon. It also marks the return of the crown prince's favor to the international scene, who had welcomed President Joe Biden to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago: MBS was banned by Western countries, following the 2018 assassination of critical Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. After their country's consulate in Istanbul.

The French director of Human Rights Watch, Benedict Jeannerod, attacked on Twitter that "MBS can clearly count on Emmanuel Macron to report that despite the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all the criticism, the ruthless repression by Saudi authorities against war crimes." Despite this, they should be rehabilitated on the international scene in Yemen". His withdrawal in favor of Western heads of state "is even more shocking because at the time many of them expressed their hatred (for the assassination) and their commitment not to bring MBS back to the international community". Two weights, two measures".

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MBS was in Athens, Greece on Tuesday and Wednesday to sign agreements on maritime transport, energy, defense technologies, waste management and culture. "The deal will turn out for both our countries and the region as a whole," Mohamed bin Salman said.

References to the war in Ukraine and rising energy prices have prompted Western countries to review their relationship with Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest exporter of crude oil, which they see as opening floodgates to ease markets. trying to persuade. This question may arise during the dinner between Emmanuel Macron and MBS. But Riyadh is resisting pressure from its allies, citing its commitments to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+), the oil alliance it co-leads with Moscow.

Last week, Emmanuel Macron also received the new President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Ben Zayed Al-Nahyan, in Paris. The two countries had signed the "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement on Energy Cooperation" on the occasion. AFP. with