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France's Macron and Saudi prince discuss response to Syria

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Crown Mohammed bin joined French in expressing concerns today over the worsening conflicts in Yemen, and especially

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

Mohammed, wrapping up his first official visit to France, said during a joint conference with the French that would support a military operation in

"If required by our alliance with our partners, we will be there," he said, according to the French translation of his remarks spoken in Arabic.

Macron also announced that would co-organise with a conference on humanitarian aid for Yemen, where a civil war has been fought since 2015. Saudi Arabia leads a foreign coalition backing the Yemeni who was forced out of office as the war broke out.

Human rights groups have accused Saudi Arabia of targeting civilians with airstrikes. Yemeni rebels have launched ballistic missiles at the kingdom.

"We will not tolerate ballistic missiles activities that threaten Saudi Arabia," Macron said. "Yet we are attached to the respect of international law and especially in " A representing a Yemeni human rights group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in accusing Mohammed of complicity in torture.

He and Macron stated their conflicting views over the nuclear deal, which both Saudi Arabia and the U.S. strongly criticize.

If builds a nuclear bomb, "we will be in an extremely dangerous situation," the crown said.

Macron insisted there was no better option than enforcing the nuclear deal, but also pushed for post-2025 proposals to ensure the security of the region.

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

They signed a cooperation agreement on research and tourism at the Mada'in Saleh in Macron plans to visit the kingdom, which will be represented at for the first time next month, at the end of the year.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 02:30 IST