Saudi Arabia and France: long history of close ties

Saudi Arabia and France: long history of close ties
Saudi Arabia and France: long history of close ties

Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Prince Mohammed bin Salman, arrives on Wednesday, in the French capital, Paris, from Athens, on his European tour to strengthen the Kingdom's bilateral relations with the two countries.

The French-Saudi relations witness a great history that began in 1926, when France sent a consul in charge of French affairs to the Kingdom, then established a diplomatic mission in Jeddah in 1932. French Charles de Gaulle, and that visit represented continuous support and development to include broader areas in order to achieve the common interests of the two countries and their friendly peoples.

Amid the acceleration of international and regional changes, Saudi-French relations are a safety valve for the stability of the region. During that long period in the history of relations, visits were exchanged between the leaders of the two countries and their senior officials, which formed links in the chain of documenting and developing relations between the Kingdom and France and coordinating efforts in the interest of the region and the two friendly peoples.

In 1986 AD, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, when he was governor of Riyadh and French President Jacques Chirac, inaugurated the Kingdom’s Exhibition between Yesterday and Today in Paris, through which visitors learned about the Kingdom’s past, traditions, religious and cultural values, modern growth and giant achievements. On April 29, 1997, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, visited France, during which he met President Jacques Chirac, and signed with the Mayor of Paris Jean Léary a charter of cooperation and friendship between the cities of Riyadh and Paris, and met with a number of senior French officials.

On May 5, 2015, President Francois Hollande, former President of the French Republic, attended the opening of the 15th consultative meeting of the leaders of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in Riyadh, where for the first time a foreign head of state was invited to attend in appreciation of the Kingdom to France. The relations between France and Saudi Arabia are based on common strategic interests represented in maintaining security in the troubled region, making joint efforts to combat terrorism and converging views on crises in the region.

The strategic partnership between France and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is distinguished by its strength, to the extent that it allows deepening the dialogue between the two countries on these issues, and the relationship is based on a strategy based on trust, mutual respect, and deepening the bonds of fruitful cooperation, to maintain regional and international stability, and the exchange of visions and perspectives. Perhaps the archive of the memory of Saudi-French relations is replete with images that embody a partnership for development and a solid friendship between the two countries, which is moving forward with strength and steadfastness.

Pioneering and steady steps were recorded in various fields, which are gaining special importance in light of the acceleration of international and regional changes, especially the political dimension. This requires an exchange of views and coordination of positions between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the friendly countries in which France occupies a privileged position.

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