France supports Saudi efforts in resolving Syrian crisis

hollande  saudi king abdullahFrench President Francois Hollande said on Sunday in Riyadh that France approves of Saudi Arabia’s efforts in resolving the Syrian crisis.

“We support the Syrian coalition, and we know what was done by Saudi Arabia to fight the extremists there,” Hollande said during a press conference in the Saudi capital.

The president stated that the “only way out” importance of ending the Syrian conflict through a “transitional phase.”

Hollande also urged the resolution of the Syrian crisis because of its repercussions on Lebanon and the region.

The president also stated his support for the transitional political roadmap in Egypt.

Speaking on the Iranian nuclear deal reached last month with six world powers – including France – Hollande said that France will only lift sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic when Tehran confirms its commitment to the agreement.

Earlier meeting

Earlier on Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz said in a meeting with Hollande that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has “destroyed his country” by letting “Islamist extremists” into the conflict-striken nation, a French official familiar with the discussions told Agence France-Presse.

Saudi Arabia is one of the strongest backers of Syria’s moderate opposition groups.

Both France and Saudi said they will continue to back rebels fighting to overthrow Assad, in contrast with the cautious Obama administration, according to AFP.

King Abdullah also expressed the “convergence” of positions between the two countries on regional issues, while praising what he called France’s “courageous” position on these crises.

Also on Sunday, Hollande told UK-based pan-Arab al-Hayat newspaper that Saudi Arabia is among France’s “top partners.”
This is Hollande’s second visit to the Saudi capital since he took office in May last year.

French President Francois Hollande (C)  met with former Lebanese  PM Saad Hariri    in Riyadh in the presence of  French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
French President Francois Hollande (C) met with former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri  ( L) in Riyadh in the presence of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Hariri thanked the French leaders for their support to Lebanon and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon 

During his stay, the French president will also met former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri and plans to meet Syrian moderate opposition leader Ahmed Jarba.

 

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  • Peaceforleb

    So Saudia wants to resolve the Syrian Crisis. Perhaps they should start by stopping the funding and training of the terrorists.

    • libnan1

      OR by moving the terrorists to Lebanon. What a bunch of jackasses. Hariri needs to head to Beirut, meet with Niserallah with the understanding that we don’t have to like each other but we have to deal with each other and have the GREAT mange Lebanon as an ultimate dictator … opps.. None of this French//Saudi/whatever …

      • dateam

        They were always going to come into lebanon. Lets face it the syrian revolution was hijacked…ksa wants something…it lost iraq, it lost egypt, its lost syria and now wants lebanon. They are hysterical at the moment. The terrorists have taken over on the ground. The 2 scenarios were if assad goes they were always coming into lebanon to spread their caliphate…if assad stays they will retreat into lebanon because the turks and jordanians wont allow it…..hariri wont come back to lebanon claiming he fears for his safety but if hes pm again hel come back correct? Certain people are in denial in lebanon as to who takes orders from who…while one side says the other takes them from iran the other side sits there shuttling between lebanon and ksa everytime they want to make a decision….harir at the moment is the de facto pm as far as ksa is concerned because everytime theres a meeting hes called in. Tamam and miqati ( who till now i cant figure out why he resigned ) are just tokens.

    • dateam

      Money talks brother. In the middle east if you have money you can do what you want…The ZAEMS is what we chase after. As long as the money is still coming then this will keep going….

  • Peaceforleb

    So Saudia wants to resolve the Syrian Crisis. Perhaps they should start by stopping the funding and training of the terrorists.

    • libnan1

      OR by moving the terrorists to Lebanon. What a bunch of jackasses. Hariri needs to head to Beirut, meet with Niserallah with the understanding that we don’t have to like each other but we have to deal with each other and have the GREAT mange Lebanon as an ultimate dictator … opps.. None of this French//Saudi/whatever …

      • dateam

        They were always going to come into lebanon. Lets face it the syrian revolution was hijacked…ksa wants something…it lost iraq, it lost egypt, its lost syria and now wants lebanon. They are hysterical at the moment. The terrorists have taken over on the ground. The 2 scenarios were if assad goes they were always coming into lebanon to spread their caliphate…if assad stays they will retreat into lebanon because the turks and jordanians wont allow it…..hariri wont come back to lebanon claiming he fears for his safety but if hes pm again hel come back correct? Certain people are in denial in lebanon as to who takes orders from who…while one side says the other takes them from iran the other side sits there shuttling between lebanon and ksa everytime they want to make a decision….harir at the moment is the de facto pm as far as ksa is concerned because everytime theres a meeting hes called in. Tamam and miqati ( who till now i cant figure out why he resigned ) are just tokens.

    • dateam

      Money talks brother. In the middle east if you have money you can do what you want…The ZAEMS is what we chase after. As long as the money is still coming then this will keep going….