Saudi Arabia and France sign ship, plane deals worth billions
The signing in Paris comes as Saudi Arabia is seeking to bolster its military capabilities while it is leading a coalition against extremists in neighbouring Yemen.
A high-level delegation is in the French capital this week led by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is King Salman’s youngest son and has quickly risen to become one of the most powerful men in the kingdom.
Saudi and French officials signed accords at the presidential Elysee Palace for 23 helicopters for the Saudi Interior Ministry, 50 Airbus jets and a study for two new-generation nuclear reactors, as well as nuclear waste and safety training.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the two have agreed to sell French patrol boats “to enhance the capability of the Saudi Coast Guard, which is today facing growing threats. ■