French president Macron to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar in December

Elysee presidential office confirmed he would travel Dec. 3-4

  
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference at the end of the second day of a European Union leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium October 22, 2021. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference at the end of the second day of a European Union leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium October 22, 2021. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERS

RIYADH: French President Emmanuel Macron will go on an official trip to the Gulf region, visiting Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar between Dec. 3 and 4, the Elysee presidential office said on Friday.

France maintains strong relations with the Gulf States, in economic and cultural terms, but also in terms of security. 

Macron held talks on Friday with Pope Francis in the Vatican, along with top Vatican diplomats afterwards, where discussions included climate change, Lebanon, the Middle East, Africa, and the forthcoming French Presidency of the European Union.

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