Saudi Arabia, France share common vision
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's message to France about the Kingdom’s economic restructuring has been welcomed by Francois Hollande
The message of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to France about the Kingdom’s economic restructuring under Saudi Vision 2030 has been welcomed by French President Francois Hollande, who described it as a new and important approach.
He expressed his desire for mutually beneficial investments and joint projects abroad, particularly in Africa. France has a keen focus on political and economic matters.
In the French senate on Tuesday, the role of Saudi Arabia in the region and the world, particularly the fight against terrorism, was highlighted by Nathalie Goulet, a member of the senate and foreign affairs and defense committee. She said there should be continued strengthening of bilateral ties through regular visits.
The Kingdom and France agree on many issues. Prince Mohammed said France was an “ally and friend of the Kingdom” and that there were important matters to tackle together including dealing with Russia and the problem of Da’esh (ISIS) and Libya. France “represents the Kingdom in Europe,” he said.
It is clear that this strategic relationship is likely to improve further with the Kingdom playing an important role in the fight against terrorism by leading an Islamic alliance to fight the menace. France has also been the victim of terrorist attacks and therefore see the Kingdom as a trustworthy ally in the region.
It is clear that this strategic relationship is likely to improve further with the Kingdom playing an important role in the fight against terrorism by leading an Islamic alliance to fight the menaceMohammed Fahad Al-Harthi
Syria without Assad
The two nations have the same solution for Syria, which excludes Bashar Assad, who has been responsible for the massacre of thousands and the displacement of millions.
The two sides also agree that recent peace initiatives on Syria have been undermined by Russia and Iran.
There has also been unity on Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. The visit has sent a clear message that the French are listening to Saudi Arabia for solutions to these conflicts. Observers have been praising Saudi Arabia for its commitment to peace and stability, not only for itself, but the entire region.
The visit was not just about political matters. There has also been a great deal of progress on trade and business matters, which also fits into the overall vision of the two countries for peace and security in the region and world.
This article first appeared on Arab News on June 29, 2016.
Mohammed Fahad al-Harthi is the editor-in-chief of Sayidaty and al-Jamila magazines. A prominent journalist who worked with Asharq al-Awsat in London and Arab News in KSA, al-Harthi later moved on to establish al-Eqtisadiah newspaper in KSA, in which he rose the position of Editorial Manager. He was appointed editor-in-chief for Arajol magazine in 1997. He won the Gulf Excellence award in 1992. You can follow him on Twitter here: @mfalharthi