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Saudi Arabia: MBS mixes defence and culture in Europe

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) landed at Le Bourget airport outside Paris on 8 April, met by foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a very familiar player to Saudi authorities. Saudi officials were keen to stress the diplomatic, rather than economic, significance of the visit, although the French government had a four-page list of commercial agreements the Saudi delegation might be expected to sign. “This is not a traditional state visit,” a source close to the Saudi delegation told Agence France-Presse.

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