Saudi Arabia - Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (23-24 January 2017)


Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Saudi Arabia on 23 and 24 January.

During the visit, Jean-Marc Ayrault will reaffirm the strategic partnership uniting France and Saudi Arabia and will continue our dialogue with that country.

The Minister will have meetings with several of his Saudi interlocutors. He will have meetings with, among others, King Salman and his own Saudi counterpart, Mr Adel al-Jubeir. With them, M. Jean-Marc Ayrault will discuss the main regional issues, particularly the situations in Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Syria. They will reaffirm the priority which our counter-terrorist cooperation represents.

Our economic ties with Saudi Arabia will be discussed during a meeting between the Minister and Saudi figures in the economic and business worlds. The Minister will visit construction work on the Riyadh metro system, some of which is being carried out by the French company Alstom.

M. Jean-Marc Ayrault will also visit the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and the Saudi research agency, and will emphasize the importance of the scientific and technological cooperation uniting our two countries.