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Macron promises to raise issue of human rights in dinner with Saudi’s MBS

In this photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaks during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 14, 2021. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)
In this photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaks during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 14, 2021. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron will raise human rights issues and “individual cases” with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a working dinner tonight, a senior aide says.

“The president will raise the issue of human rights as he does on each occasion with Mohammed bin Salman,” the aide says on condition of anonymity. “He will talk about it in a general way, but will also take the chance to raise individual cases,” he adds.

Asked about criticism of the dinner only four years after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he repeats France’s longstanding demand that those responsible be “brought to justice.”

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