Riyadh, 2 February 2023 (TDI): Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman met with Catherine Colonna, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.

During the discussion, they examined the bilateral relations between the nations and measures to strengthen them in various domains.

They also reviewed the latest regional and international developments and efforts to respond to them. The discussion also included participants from Saudi Arabia and France.

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Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Saudi Ambassador to the Republic of France Fahd Al-Ruwaili, and French Ambassador to the Kingdom, Ludovic Pouille were present.

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Waleed Elkhereiji received Catherine Colonna upon her arrival at King Khalid International Airport on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia and France Ties – An Overview

Saudi Arabia and France have kept a friendly relationship. They have increased their areas of collaboration in recent years.

Cooperation between the two countries mainly focused on the energy sector. Oil and gas are two of the essential resources for France.

The two countries have worked together on several energy projects. The projects include creating nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia and advancing renewable energy sources.

This cooperation has ensured a consistent energy supply for both countries while lowering fossil fuel dependency.

The two countries collaborate extensively in the fields of security and defense. France and Saudi Arabia have always had close ties in this area. The Saudi military receives support from France through training, supplies, and other services.

This partnership has enhanced Saudi Arabia’s military capability and supported regional stability. Along with fighting terrorism and extremism in the region, the two countries have worked together on many counterterrorism measures.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia and France work together to promote regional stability and economic growth. The two nations have worked together to resolve regional disputes, advance the economy, and maintain peace.