King Festal of Saudi Arabia arrived in Paris, on Monday (14 May) for an official one-week visit to France.
King Festal of Saudi Arabia arrived in Paris, on Monday (14 May) for an official one-week visit to France. He was met at Orly airport by France's President, Georges Pompidou.
Following the airport ceremony, in which a guard of honour fired a IOI-gun salute, the two leaders drove to the Elysee Palace for the first of three rounds of talks they will have during the King's visit.
King Faisal's visit is the first by a Saudi Arabian monarch to France, and one of his main preoccupations will be the possible purchase of a new model of the French mirage jet fighter aircraft.
Saudi Arabia wants to expand it's airforce and replace its British Lightning supersonic fighters with more sophisticated aircraft in the second half of this decade.
In the face of tough competition from Britain and the United States, the French government is trying to make a multi-million dollar deal with Saudi Arabia.