France, Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb 'Iranian expansionism,' Macron says

France, Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb 'Iranian expansionism,' Macron says

France, Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb 'Iranian expansionism,' Macron says

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"This period of ambiguity and confusion is now behind us thanks to the efforts from all sides and the personal implication of President Macron", Moueen Merhebi, an MP in Hariri's party, told AFP in Beirut on Tuesday.

A coalition of leading rights organizations have urged Spain, the last stop on the Saudi crown prince's global tour, to scrap its planned sale of warships and weapons to the aggressive regime in Riyadh.

Pressure has been mounting on Macron to scale back arms support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are leading the coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa.

Prince Mohammed, 32, was hosted by President Emmanuel Macron for a three-hour dinner at Paris's historic Louvre museum Sunday night after flying in on his first trip to France as heir to the Saudi throne.

The painting features a bare-breasted woman holding the French tricolour.

Lawyer Joseph Breham, representing a Yemeni human rights group, is suing the crown prince, now in France on an official visit, for his leading role in the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The kingdom also revealed that it would enter short films at the Cannes film festival next month.

On Wednesday, the NGOs coalition asked the royal palace and Spanish government "not to promote the signature of Spanish company Navantia's contract to build five corvettes. for the Saudi army and to end arms exports to Saudi Arabia".

At a press conference with the de-facto leader of Saudi Arabia, an arch-rival of Iran, Macron admitted to differences with Riyadh on the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, but said the two agreed on the need to "limit Iran's ballistic activity and regional expansionism".

His remarks came as US President Donald Trump prepared to announce whether he would carry out strikes over Saturday's suspected attack in which at least 40 people are thought to have been killed.

Amid the flurry of announcements in France, campaigners mobilised to keep attention focused on French weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and rights abuses in the country.

Three out of four French people believe it is "unacceptable" for France, one of the world's biggest arms exporters, to continue selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, according to a YouGov poll.

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