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Prince Salman meets with French President Chirac

Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh Province, was today received by French President Jacques Chirac, and at a press conference afterwards, reported that his meeting had realized the outcome expected, stating that both sides share identical viewpoints on the matters raised, given the deep-rooted and close ties between the Kingdom and France.  The talks, he said, covered all bilateral issues, and matters pertaining to the Arab and Islamic worlds, in addition to the relationship between Europe and the Arab world.

Answering a question on the Middle East peace process and its future prospects, Prince Salman said that peace would eventually come with the support of all peace-loving countries calling for justice and the implementation of the UN resolutions, adding that Lebanon is an indivisible part of the peace issue.  As for Bosnia, Prince Salman termed the relations between Saudi Arabia and the Bosnian Republic as strong, and he praised the efforts made by the Kingdom to support the Bosnian cause and provide the Bosnian people with all possible assistance.

Prince Salman, who is on an official visit to France, was also a guest today of French Defense Minister Charles Millon.   Prince Salman also met with the French Minister of Works, Housing, Transport and Tourism Bernard Pons, held discussions with a group of French businessmen, and paid a visit to the Arab World Institute in Paris.