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Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Saudi Arabia: New stage in defense ties with France, Rafale updatenote

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khaled Bin Salman visited France and met on 20/12/2023 with the French Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, and with President Emmanual Macron the following day.

Prince Khaled also met with the CEOs of leading French military-industrial companies Naval Group, Dassault Aviation, and MBDA.

Prince Khaled’s visit is said to have ushered in a new stage in defense relations between the Kingdom and France.

The following note provides an overview of the following aspects:

- The defense domains expected to witness intensive cooperation between Riyadh and Paris

- The meeting between Prince Khaled and the heads of the French defense companies

The note also provides an update on the Rafale file and the talks revolving around it during Prince Khaled's visit.


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