French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Francois Gouyette has said bilateral ties between Paris and Riyadh were “at their best”, asserting that France is a strategic partner to the kingdom.
Following his meeting with Governor of Tabuk Region Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Gouyette told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Monday that France as a strategic partner seeks to develop fraternal ties via scientific, cultural and commercial exchange.
As part of his mission, he discussed cooperation means with the Kingdom as partners in many fields, mainly on huge projects such as Amala, NEOM, Qiddiya, and the Red Sea Project.
Gouyette hailed the historic stature of Tabuk, saying he visited the University of Tabuk and was briefed on the 16 faculties that host more than 25,000 students who are the country's future.
As part of its quest to strengthen ties, France celebrated the 50th anniversary of late King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s visit to Paris, he said.
It also marked the first anniversary of the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has introduced a new phase of joint cooperation.
Gouyette commended the Kingdom’s vital and pioneering role in achieving stability in the world politically and economically referring to the Kingdom’s preparations to host the 15th annual G20 Leaders' Summit on Nov 21-22 2020.