Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz met with French President Jacques Chirac today for a second round of talks, which focused on the situation in Lebanon and ongoing international efforts to end the Israeli attacks. The Crown Prince arrived in Paris yesterday for a three-day official visit.
In a statement to the press after the meeting, Crown Prince Sultan said that Saudi Arabia is following the Israeli attacks on Lebanon and the Palestinian lands with great concern. The attacks aim to deliberately destroy infrastructure, he said. They also violate human rights, target innocent civilians, and destroy shelters for women and children, he noted.
Crown Prince Sultan holds talks with President Chirac
Saudi Arabia supports the deployment of international forces along the Lebanese-Israeli border, the Crown Prince said.
Crown Prince Sultan commended President Chirac’s policy on the issue and stressed that Saudi Arabia and France share identical views on stopping the Israeli aggression.
Today’s meeting also addressed various aspects of Saudi-French cooperation. Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal and Minister of Economy and Planning Khaled Al-Qusaibi were also in attendance.
This evening, Crown Prince Sultan met with the speaker of the French National Assembly and attended a dinner held in his honor.