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Macron Suspends French Political Visits to Saudi Arabia

  • Move was coordinated with U.K., Germany and Netherlands
  • Finance Minister Le Maire cancelled Saudi visit for next week
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President Emmanuel Macron said France has suspended political visits to Saudi Arabia in coordination with Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands as he awaits “clarifications” on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“In the current circumstances we have decided to suspended some political visits,” Macron told reporters in Brussels on Thursday after a summit of European leaders. He said that Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire’s planned trip to the kingdom’s economic forum next week would not now go ahead. The decision does not affect private individuals or business people.