Saudi Arabia's Foriegn Minister Adel Al-Jubeir affirmed on Thursday that the Kingdom and France have enjoyed an extended relationship for over a century now, highlighting shared views on challenges in the region, including the Palestinian Cause, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iranian interference.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Jubeir said the two powers also share a common view on confronting terrorism and extremism.
The top Saudi diplomat also stressed that the two countries have displayed a desire to intensify cooperation in counter-extremism and anti-terrorism efforts.
This came during a press conference held here today by Minister of Foreign Affairs with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, where Jubeir welcomed the French minister who is currently visiting the Kingdom.
Jubeir also highlighted the meetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz held with the French Foreign Minister, describing them as positive and constructive meetings reflecting the historical and strategic relations between the two friendly countries.
Jubeir pointed out to his talks with his French counterpart in addition to consensus of views of the two countries towards the issues in the region.
France's stance towards targeting Riyadh City with a ballistic missile launched by Iran-backed Houthi militia with the support of Hezbollah found praise in Jubeir's remarks.
He also appreciated France's stance towards supporting Lebanon as well as stability in Syria, in addition to seeking a solution in Yemen based on UN Security Council Resolution No. 2216, Gulf initiative and the outcomes of the national dialogue.
For his part, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comes within the framework of an old and solid partnership, stressing his country's determination to strengthen this partnership in the future.
Le Drian highlighted his meeting with the King Salman and the Crown Prince, as well as Jubeir, stressing that the views of the two countries are identical on several issues. He also stressed France's keenness on the stability and sovereignty of Lebanon.
He pointed out that the humanitarian situation in Yemen was discussed in addition to the measures that must be taken to deliver humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people. He also pointed out that regional crises were reviewed and efforts to contribute to resolving them were discussed, especially the situation in Syria and Iraq.
He also said that Iran's role and actions were addressed, especially its interference in regional crises and its ballistic program.