Saudi Crown Prince’s France visit to include high-profile CEO business forum

On Monday, Prince Mohammed dined with French President Emmanuel Macron at Paris’s Louvre museum on Sunday after arriving for a three-day visit. (Supplied)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on the second day of his official visit to France on Tuesday.

On Monday, Prince Mohammed dined with French President Emmanuel Macron at Paris’s Louvre museum on Sunday after arriving for a three-day visit.

Around 18 MoUs are set to be signed during the visit. (Supplied)

Around 18 MoUs are set to be signed during the visit. (Supplied)

On Tuesday, around 18 memorandums of understanding in energy, agriculture, tourism and culture are set to be signed at an official Saudi-France CEO Forum.

Among the deals made was a Franco-Saudi deal to develop Al Ula, a Saudi city richly endowed with archeological remnants, which was a central highlight of the visit. The agreement calls for the creation of a dedicated agency modeled on the lines of the French museums agency, which spearheaded the setting up of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tour is meant to project that “Saudi Arabia is open for business,” Bernard Haykel, a professor at Princeton University, told AFP. (Supplied)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tour is meant to project that “Saudi Arabia is open for business,” Bernard Haykel, a professor at Princeton University, told AFP. (Supplied)

The Crown Prince is also considering a visit to the Paris-based tech start-up campus Station F, the Arab World Institute and a concert in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence.

French President Macron confirmed that Saudi Arabia is a key ally to France, and agreed with the crown prince to issue a strategic document before the end of the year.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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