Saudi crown prince arrives in Spain on last stop of global tour

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Macron said France would decide in coming days on "a strong and joint response" with the United States and Britain to the suspected use of a poison gas that Syrian activists and rescues said killed 40 people near Damascus.

Saudi Arabia is consulting with its allies about how to respond to alleged chemical attacks in Syria, the kingdom's foreign minister said Tuesday, in comments that did not rule out military action.

"If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present", Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Tuesday at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, wrapping up a three-day visit to Paris.

Press reports, experts and non-governmental organisations have documented multiple violations of global humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition, resulting in the deaths of many civilians, including from the bombings of homes, markets, hospitals, businesses and schools, the lawsuit said.

A Yemeni rights group on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Prince Mohammed in France, accusing him of complicity in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen, lawyers said. "It is obvious that we will not tolerate any ballistic activity that threatens Saudi Arabia".

Prominent rights groups have also urged French President Macron to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and pressure the regime over its war crimes and human rights abuses.

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Bin Salman said Iran would build a nuclear bomb in a year or two if it restarted its nuclear programme.

They signed a cooperation agreement on research and tourism at the Mada'in Saleh archaeological site in northwest Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom also revealed Monday that it would enter short films at the Cannes cinema festival for the first time and send an official delegation to the celebration of often edgy and subversive silver-screen art on the Riviera this May.

State oil giant Saudi Aramco earlier announced deals with major French companies including Total, Technip and Suez.

Saudi Ambassador to Spain Prince Mansour said that the choice of Spain by the Crown Prince to include in his current visit to the major world powers showed the depth and strength of the bilateral relations that bind the two great nations. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who was in Paris, attended.

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