Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz was received today by President Jacques Chirac of the Republic of France. Prince Sultan arrived yesterday in Paris on an official visit to France in response to an invitation by the French President. On arriving, Prince Sultan declared that his visit aimed at exchanging views on issues of mutual interest.
During his meeting with the French President, Prince Sultan discussed the Middle East peace process as well as ways of enhancing bilateral relations. At a press conference afterwards, he reported that the talks had been fruitful, describing both countries as peace loving. Answering a question on Iraq, Prince Sultan said that the Iraqi regime must implement the UN resolutions. He went on to say that the Saudi and French sides share identical views on the principles of economic issues.
Yesterday evening, Prince Sultan held talks with his French counterpart Alain Richard. Speaking on the occasion, Prince Sultan described Saudi-French relations as deep-rooted, going back to 1967. The talks, which were attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Commerce Minister Osama Faqih, and Minister of State and Cabinet Member Dr. Musaed Al-Eiban, covered a number of international topics, including the Middle East, as well as bilateral issues.