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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told reporters Tuesday that if necessary, his country will join other allies in a response to the chemical attack on the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma in Syria this past Saturday.

A coalition of leading rights organizations have urged Spain, the last stop on the Saudi crown prince's worldwide tour, to scrap its planned sale of warships and weapons to the aggressive regime in Riyadh.

This marked a change of direction for Macron, who had previously clashed with Saudi Arabia after expressing he was committed to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

The pair met for almost three hours on Sunday at the Louvre museum, where they visited an exhibition by 19th century painter Eugene Delacroix, creator of the famous "Liberty Leading The People" painting.

"The discussions were friendly, which allowed the two men to establish a personal relationship", Macron's office said.

The two leaders will now work on a "strategic document" involving a series of contracts to be signed by Macron during a visit to Saudi Arabia later this year, his office said.

The Crown Prince's visit comes in the last leg of his high profile visits that took him to the United States, France and Britain during which several landmark multibillion dollar pacts were signed.

Saudi and French aides had stressed before the trip that cultural ties, as well as new business opportunities, would be at the heart of two days of talks between government and private-sector figures from both countries.




The kingdom also revealed that it would enter short films at the Cannes film festival next month.

Saudi national oil company Aramco and French oil giant Total also announced a deal worth $9bn that would see the construction of a petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

For Breham, the lawsuit is a way to draw attention to the tragedy unfolding in Yemen, which according to the U.N.is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

The Arms Under Control coalition's plea concerned Spanish manufacturer Navantia's planned sale of five warships to the kingdom, which the rights groups say would be used in Saudi Arabia's deadly military campaign against Yemen.

The Crown Prince will attend a luncheon banquet to be hosted by King Felipe VI at the royal palace in Madrid.

But the trip follows a period of underlying tensions.

HRH the Crown Prince met with President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defense Florence Parly and Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire.

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