King Khalid of Saudi Arabia arrived in Paris on Monday (29 May) on a two-day visit to France.
King Khalid of Saudi Arabia arrived in Paris on Monday (29 May) on a two-day visit to France. The visit promised to be dominated by the two countries' concern about recent threats to the security of moderate governments is Africa and the growth of Soviet influence on the continent. Other topics included the Middle East situation and prospects for increased economic and military cooperation between France and Saudi Arabia.
SYNOPSIS: A red carpet welcome awaited the Saudi monarch as he flew into Orly airport. He was accompanied by key ministers of his government, including Defence Minister Sultan Ibn Abdula Aziz Foreign Minister Prime Saud Al-Faisal. King Khalid's visit comes just over a year after President Giscard travelled to Saudi Arabia. Close relations between the two government have become even stronger since France asserted itself in Africa recently against communist penetration, with full Saudi approval.
President Giscard hopes the visit will help to increase France's share of the Saudi Arabian market, which remains modest in comparison with Japan's or the United States. The arrival of king Khalid has ben preceded by rumours from Saudi Arabian sources of vast contracts for the supply of missiles, radar equipment, and Mirage aircraft. Saudi Arabia is said to be interested in buying about 100 Mirage 2,000, the most advanced fighter planes in the Mirage range.