Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense began an official visit to the French Republic Monday.
Prince Mohammed met with President Francois Hollande, the French Prime Minister, and a number of French officials to discuss issues and topics of common interest and aspects of cooperation between the two countries.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz met in Paris on Monday with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the field of defense. They also discussed ways of enhancing and developing them.
The two sides also reviewed efforts of the two countries in the field of combating terrorism.
The relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the French Republic gain special importance, especially in light of the acceleration of international and regional variables that require the exchange of views and coordination of positions between the Kingdom and other friendly nations.
The policy of the two countries under the leaderships of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and President Francois Hollande aims to contribute to the achievement of security, stability and peace in the world in general and in the region in particular.
The two countries have expressed their full satisfaction over the development of bilateral relations in various political, economic, cultural, and defense fields and the conformity of views on many common issues.
Events and developments in the region have proven the depth of relations between the two countries through continuous consultations between their leaderships to find the best ways to resolve the situations in the region.
Furthermore, Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the chairperson of the Gulf-French Friendship Committee of the French Parliament Natalie Goulet in Paris.
The Deputy Crown Prince’s visit to France followed his tour in the United States where he met with President Barack Obama and CEOs of big, hi-tech US companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter.