France, Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb 'Iranian expansionism,' Macron says

France, Saudi Arabia agree on need to curb 'Iranian expansionism,' Macron says

A French lawyer representing the Legal Center for Rights and Development filed the suit against the crown prince, now in France on an official visit, for his leading role in the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Earlier on Monday, Hariri tweeted another selfie with the prince and Moroccan King Mohammed VI, showing the three leaders smiling and dressed casually.

French lawyer Joseph Breham filed the complaint on behalf of the association on Monday, during the prince's visit to Paris, France Culture broadcaster reported, citing the text of the complaint. French authorities said the new mechanism was devised to appease bin Salman who was critical of the way the military contracts had been reached and implemented.

The Paris prosecutor's office didn't respond to requests for comments from the AP.

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On Syria, Macron said France would target the Assad regime's chemical weapons capabilities if it made a decision to respond to the chemical gas attack on the city of Douma.

"Our position is that those responsible have to be held accountable and brought to justice", Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris. He insisted that Saudi actions in Yemen have been fully compliant with global humanitarian law.

"The complaint is anything but symbolic", Breham insisted in an interview with The Associated Press.

"Mr Bin Salman's immunity does not prevent judges from investigating the case nor, when he has no longer a rank as head of state or when he comes on a private visit to France, from questioning him at that time, or eventually from trying and convicting him", Breham said.

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The French president defended weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen but said he was concerned by the humanitarian situation, and would host a conference on the issue before the summer.

The 20-page complaint cites the findings of an exclusive investigative report by The Associated Press past year.

Prince Mohammed, wrapping up his first official visit to France, said during a joint news conference with the French leader that Saudi Arabia would support a military operation in Syria.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, will conclude his visit with further discussions with President Emmanuel Macron ahead of a gala dinner at the Elysee Palace.

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Macron and the prince, who is seen as the main power broker in the Saudi monarchy, toured an exhibition of works by 19th century painter Eugene Delacroix before their dinner, the source added.

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