Iran hurls 'support for terrorism' charge back at Saudi Arabia

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The spokesman then said the current rulers of Saudi Arabia have turned themselves into the icons of violence and crimes in the Middle East along with the Zionist regime by further meddling in the internal affairs of the regional states, contributing to the regional destabilisation and problems.

Meanwhile, the Legal Center for Rights and Development (LCRD), a human rights group based in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in a Paris court against bin Salman, accusing him of complicity in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen.

President Macron, HRH Crown Prince co-chaired the first meeting of the Saudi-French Strategic Partnership Council, which was attended by a number of ministers and senior officials of the two governments.

On Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has led an global military coalition since 2015 and waged a blockade that has sparked widespread condemnation.

"The discussions were friendly, which allowed the two men to establish a personal relationship", Macron's office said. "Yet we are attached to the respect of worldwide law and especially humanitarian law in Yemen".

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. "It is obvious that we will not tolerate any ballistic activity that threatens Saudi Arabia".

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Comex said it has revoked the approved status for warranting and delivery of the company's brands against the futures contract. Rusal is the second-largest aluminum maker in the world, while the United States is the largest importer of aluminium.

Macron, 40, France's youngest leader since Napoleon, and the 32-year-old Saudi prince who goes by MBS, met privately earlier Tuesday to discuss defense, security and economic issues.

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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.

Macron waded into a regional crisis last November when Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri tendered his resignation on live television from Riyadh, apparently under pressure from the crown prince.

Macron hosted a gala send-off dinner for the crown prince at the presidential Elysee palace.

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