2006 News Story

French President makes historic address to Shura Council

French President Jacques Chirac addressed the Shura Council today, the second day of his three-day visit to the Kingdom.

In his remarks, Chirac noted the strength of the Saudi-French friendship, and praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s efforts to combat terrorism. He also lauded King Abdullah’s domestic agenda for development and ambitious general investment program.

Chirac said that his talks with King Abdullah last night focused on regional issues, and that the Saudi-French views on those issues are very similar.

Chairman of the Shura Council Saleh bin Homaid said that the Shura Council has effectively participated in the Kingdom’s development process. He highlighted the Council’s role in fighting dangers such as terrorism and extremism, as well as its role as monitoring the performance of government agencies. Homaid also noted that terrorism has never impacted the Kingdom’s political and economic stability.

President Chirac also met with Saudi businessmen and chairmen of the Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh today.

King Abdullah and President Chirac attended the opening of an exhibit of Islamic artifacts from the Paris-based Louvre Museum at the Kingdom’s National Museum. The exhibit was organized in cooperation with the Supreme Commission for Tourism.

President Chirac also toured the historic sites at Diriyah today, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Supreme Commission for Tourism Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.