After Frédéric Oudéa (Société générale), Jean Lemierre (BNP Paribas), or the boss of the international monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, this is a new missing brand on the French side. The Economy minister Bruno Le Maire has announced this Thursday that it would not be at the economic summit held in Riyadh from 23 to 25 October by saudi Arabia. A decision following the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist of saudi arabia.
“I will not go to Riyadh next week,” said The Mayor, as a guest of the show Territories info on Public Senate, considering that the conditions were “not met” today to make it to this forum of investors. “I called yesterday, my counterpart in “saudi” to warn him that I will not participate to this forum. I think he can perfectly understand that, in the current circumstances, the minister of the French Economy not come to Riyadh, ” he explained.
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The list of leaders renouncing this conference, organized by the sovereign wealth fund of saudi arabia and to serve as a showcase for the economic reforms launched by the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, is growing, two weeks after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. The us Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, must decide on Thursday if he goes to this conference. “The president of the Republic has said very clearly, the facts are very serious “, emphasized Bruno Le Maire. “The key now, is that any truth, any light to be shed on this matter,” insisted the minister.
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when Asked whether the cancellation of his participation challenged the relations between Paris and Riyadh, Bruno Le Maire, has assured that” absolutely not “. “Riyadh and saudi Arabia are strategic partners for France, in many ways. It does not detract from this strategic partnership “, he said.
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