Yemeni Activists Lodge War Crimes Complaint Against Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Apple CEO Tim Cook during his recent Silicon Valley tour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Apple CEO Tim Cook during his recent Silicon Valley tour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, traveled on Wednesday to Spain on an official visit.

The prince confirmed at a news conference that the Saudi military could be involved in this operation.

The kingdom has also loosened rules on foreign investments.

The 32-year-old prince has showcased the world the modern face of Saudi Arabia with their current reforms like lifting ban from women driving, mixed gender concerts, opening of cinemas.

Saudi and French aides had stressed before the trip that cultural ties, as well as new business opportunities, would be at the heart of two days of talks between government and private-sector figures from both countries.

"There are consultations underway with a number of countries with regards to what steps to take to deal with this issue", he said.Asked if Saudi Arabia would join any punitive military action against the Syrian regime, Jubeir said: "All I can say is that there are discussions on the options available to deal with this matter".

"If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present", Prince Mohammed confirmed.

"I can not think of a better partner for culture and art than France", Saudi Culture Minister Awwad Alawwad told AFP.

This sequence - as well as Macron's planned trip to Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-regional rival - is thought to have come up during a first round of talks between Macron and his Saudi visitor on Sunday night.

Amid the flurry of announcements, campaigners were mobilised to keep attention focused on French weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and rights abuses in the country.

Speaking alongside Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a press conference as the latter wrapped up a three-day official visit, Macron called for "greater efforts to limit Iran's ballistic activity and regional expansionism".

Three out of four French people believe it is "unacceptable" for France, one of the world's biggest arms exporters, to continue selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, according to a YouGov poll.

A scheduled visit to the Paris-based start-up campus Station F along with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was abruptly cancelled, but the two leaders are set to meet for lunch on Monday.

Last week, 10 global rights groups implored Macron to pressure Prince Mohammed over the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, claiming it is exacerbating a humanitarian crisis for thousands of civilians.

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