President Chirac holds talks with new Saudi king

3rd August 2005, Comments 0 comments

RIYADH, Aug 2 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac held talks lasting an hour with Saudi Arabia's new King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday, a source in his entourage said.

RIYADH, Aug 2 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac held talks lasting an hour with Saudi Arabia's new King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday, a source in his entourage said.

The two leaders reviewed major issues in the Middle East and Maghreb regions, notably the peace process and the situation in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran, the source added.

Chirac flew into Riyadh at the head of a delegation comprising eight officials, including Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.

He paid his respects to the new ruler after dozens of Arab and Muslim leaders took part in the late king Fahd's funeral in the afternoon.

Chirac, who left Riyadh for Paris later in the day, "voiced the most sincere condolences of the French people to the Saudi people," which he later described as "heartfelt," according to the source.

Chirac, whose country has close political and trade links with Saudi Arabia, also "expressed his warmest wishes for the reign of King Abdullah and for the Saudi people," the source said.

He underlined "the excellent nature of relations between France and Saudi Arabia, which received a further boost when then Crown Prince Abdullah visited France in April."

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