Saudi Arabia, France: a partnership toward new prospects

Saudi Arabia, France: a partnership toward new prospects

The bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the French Republic are characterized by development and growth in various political, economic, cultural and defense fields, in addition to their convergent views and visions on many common issues.

Over the past six decades, the historical and cultural relations between the two countries have witnessed continuous cooperation in various fields, as the two countries seek to enhance cooperation in these fields, especially the development of museums, the film industry and heritage.

There is cooperation for the sustainable development of the AlUla region, through which France contributes to supporting the cultural and tourism development of this fully potential area

The policy of the two friendly countries, led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and President of France Emmanuel Macron, aims to contribute to achieving security, stability and peace in the region and the world.

France is keen on its partnership with Saudi Arabia and considers it a "close ally" that plays a key role in maintaining regional security, peace and stability. Therefore, the French leadership is working to consult with the Kingdom's leadership regarding the current issues, crises and ways to address them.

The Kingdom is cooperating with France in efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestation, including its contribution of $100 million to support the G-5 Sahel force to counter-terrorism

The views of the Saudi and French sides agree on many issues, including the importance of implementing political and economic reforms in Lebanon as an international demand to achieve security, stability and prosperity for Lebanon away from foreign interference, in addition to the importance of exerting efforts to support security and stability in the Middle East and the need for joint action and strengthening communication and consultation regarding challenges that the region is witnessing.

The relations between the Kingdom and France began in 1926, when France sent a consul in charge of French affairs to Riyadh and established a diplomatic mission in Jeddah in 1932.

The Saudi-French relations entered a new and distinguished stage following King Faisal’s visit to France in 1967 and his meeting with former President of France Charles de Gaulle. That visit represented support to include broader areas in order to achieve the common interests of the two countries and their friendly peoples.

The history of bilateral relations witnessed the exchange of visits between the leaders of the two countries and their senior officials, which contributed to documenting and developing relations and coordinating efforts for the common interests of the region and the two friendly peoples.

In 1986, King Salman, then 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.

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