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Saudi prince skips visit to mega tech incubator during French trip

From Reuters - April 9, 2018

PARIS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday pulled out of touring a mega-campus for tech startups in Paris, an official in the French prime ministers office said, a visit that was meant to highlight deepening Franco-Saudi tech ties.

The powerful young prince who is behind modernizing reforms in Saudi Arabia is on a three-day trip to France at a time when relations between the two countries have become more complicated, including over how to address Irans regional role.

He is not expected to sign mega contracts in France as he did during visits to the United States and Britain over the last month.

It has been decided to keep working on defining Franco-Saudi entrepreneurial projects before envisaging a high-level visit, the Matignon source said.

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