Saudi confirms postponing king's trip to France

10th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Saudi King Abdullah will reschedule a visit to France for meetings with President Nicolas Sarkozy after cancelling his planned July 12 trip to Paris, Riyadh confirmed on Saturday.

The visit "has been postponed to a date to be determined, at the earliest time convenient for the two sides," the state news agency SPA reported, citing a government official.

The Saudi king had planned to visit Paris on Monday to meet the French leader and to preview an exhibit of Saudi archaeological treasures at the Louvre museum.

French daily Le Monde reported Friday that the visit has been postponed, citing an unnamed French official as saying that the trip had never been formally decided.

No reason was given for the cancellation. The 86-year-old sovereign had in late June attended the G20 meeting in Toronto and then spent four days in the United States, including meetings with US President Barack Obama, before heading to Morocco where he is taking his summer vacation.

© 2010 AFP

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