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Saudi King receives French leader in Riyadh

Hollande’s visit to the Kingdom comes as part of his two-nation trip that that included a visit to neighboring Qatar

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Monday received French President Francois Hollande in Riyadh, Al Arabiya News channel reported.

Hollande’s visit to the Kingdom comes as part of his two-nation trip that that included a visit to neighboring Qatar.


According to a joint statement released hours after Hollande's arrival, Saudi Arabia and France said that any future deal between Iran and major powers had to ensure that it did not destabilize the region further and threaten Iran's neighbors.

“France and Saudi Arabia) confirmed the necessity to reach a robust, lasting, verifiable, undisputed and binding deal with Iran,” the statement said.

“This agreement must not destabilize the security and stability of the region nor threaten the security and stability of Iran's neighbors,” it added.

On Tuesday, Hollande will be the guest of honor at a meeting of the GCC in the Saudi capital, according to his office.

Hollande is expected to hold bilateral meetings with other regional leaders during his visit.