MBS meets Macron in Paris with Ukraine, Lebanon on agenda

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Élysée Palace and was received by French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, June 16, 2023. — AFP
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Élysée Palace and was acquired by French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, June 16, 2023. — AFP

Because the Russian navy operation intensified in Ukraine with each side concerned within the warfare of attrition, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was welcomed Friday by President Emmanuel Macron for dialogue in Paris the place the 45-year-old French chief urged the MBS to be extra vocal towards Russia.  

Throughout their talks, each the leaders exchanged views on the answer for a brand new chief in Lebanon.

The go to of the Saudi chief got here lower than a 12 months after his final go to to the Elysee Palace and underlines the nice and cozy relationship between Paris and Riyadh 

the 37-yea-old chief of the oil-rich nation can also be prone to attend a Paris summit on a New International Financing Pact hosted by Macron on June 22-23. 

In response to the French presidential official, Paris wished MBS to grasp the dimensions of the Ukraine battle and assist pace up the ultimate consequence of the warfare, which suggests a victory for Ukraine on the bottom. 

“We’re going to inform him how necessary the Ukraine difficulty is and the way Saudi Arabia can exert affect, together with on Russia,” added the official.

Riyadh has been taking steps cautiously with regards to the Ukraine points, because it didn’t condemn the Russian particular navy operation that commenced on February 2022, nonetheless, emphasising the territorial integrity of Kyiv. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was hosted final month by the dominion’s de facto chief in Jeddah throughout an Arab League summit because the president made a shock cease within the Arab nation. 

On Monday, he may even attend an official Saudi reception for Riyadh’s candidacy to host Expo 2030, a bid for which Saudi Arabia needs the French again.

Saudi Arabia additionally maintains shut ties with Russia via Moscow’s involvement within the expanded OPEC+, which controls international oil provide and demand.

President Macron is predicted to encourage MBS to make use of his nation’s affect amongst supporting factions in Lebanon to interrupt the impasse that has prevented the nation from selecting a brand new president. 

The French chief has additionally named his former overseas minister Jean-Yves Le Drian as his private envoy for Lebanon in a brand new massive to finish the political disaster.

Concurrently, UAE’s President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) and an ally of MBS, with an identical place on Ukraine, was holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an financial discussion board in Saint Petersburg.

Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran are additionally within the throes of an sudden Beijing-mediated rapprochement, that has brought on large curiosity amongst Western governments nonetheless looking for to revive a 2015 deal on the Iranian nuclear programme.

“In Saudi Arabia’s normalisation with Iran, there’s potential for alleviating tensions within the area,” mentioned the French official, expressing hope it may additionally clean the trail to an election of a Lebanese president.