Emmanuel Macron, Mohammed bin Salman agree to deals worth $18bn

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A €2 billion arms deal is due to be finalised when Saudi Arabia's crown prince arrives in Madrid today.

"These people should know that by levelling baseless accusations against Iran and harbouring their delusions about the country, they can not close their eyes to this reality that all regional states and nations as well as close observers of the regional and worldwide developments are fully aware of Saudi Arabia's role in creating, sponsoring and arming the terrorist and violent groups like ISIS in the region", he noted.

To complete his tour of the US, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters, along with other top Apple executives.

The kingdom is the lead partner in a coalition of countries bombing and blockading Yemen, where a combination of fighting, disease and food shortages has led it to be dubbed the world's worst humanitarian crisis by the UN.

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"We will continue to be extremely vigilant on this point", Macron said.

"We will not tolerate ballistic missiles activities that threaten Saudi Arabia", Macron said.

Macron is only eight years older than the prince.

"Since the start of the conflict in Yemen, France has adopted a very specific process whereby all sales of military equipment are analysed on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of reinforced criteria that reflect respect for global humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations", Macron said. Several rights groups also have warned of possible legal action if the government does not halt its sales.

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They signed a cooperation agreement on research and tourism at the Mada'in Saleh archaeological site in northwest Saudi Arabia. Cospedal was representing Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis who is accompanying Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on an official visit to Argentina.

Prince Saud al-Faisal, who served as Saudi Arabia's foreign minister for 40 years until his death, was a regular visitor to the French capital, where he stayed in the lap of luxury.

President Emmanuel Macron and Prince Mohammed bin Salman touring the Louvre museum.

State oil giant Saudi Aramco earlier announced deals with major French companies including Total, Technip and Suez.

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