The disclaimers strung together for a week. This Thursday, it is the Economy minister Bruno Le Maire, who announced that it was canceling its participation in the economic summit saudi arabia organized next week in Riyadh, because of the disappearance of the journalist saudi Jamal Khashoggi.
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“I will not go to Riyadh next week,” said the minister to the antenna of Public Senate, considering that the conditions were “not met today” to go from 23 to 25 October at the forum of investors – Future Investment Initiative – dubbed “the Davos of the desert”.
“I called yesterday, my counterpart in” saudi “to warn him that I will not participate to this forum. I think he can perfectly understand that in the current circumstances, the Economy minister French not come to Riyadh,” he explained. With this decision, Bruno Le Maire joined other French personalities who have cancelled their participation.
Christine Lagarde absent
Well, the boss of the international monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, will not be it either. After having participated in the edition 2017, it has this time delayed his trip to the Middle East, which included a step to Riyadh for the conference, made it known his services. The director-general of Société générale, Frédéric Oudéa, will not come either. Same thing for Jean Lemierre, chairman of BNP Paribas. Patrice Caine, boss of Thales, will not come, but the company will be well represented by another officer, said a spokesman with the agency Reuters.
other companies, such as EDF or Eurazeo has thus far not made any comment on their participation. “For the time being, the event figure on the agenda of Jean-Bernard Lévy,” the CEO of EDF, said Monday the press service of the company to The Express.
The list of invited out-of-line
A boycott of the conference, organized by the sovereign wealth fund of saudi arabia and to serve as a showcase for the economic reforms launched by the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, can you put a blow of penknife relations franco-saudi arabian? “Absolutely not,” said Bruno Le Maire, on Public Senate. “Riyadh and saudi Arabia are strategic partners for France, in many ways. It does not question this strategic partnership,” assured the minister of the Economy.
the drop in the cascade are no less embarrassing for saudi Arabia. Before that the French did not join the movement, the bosses of american companies have initiated cancelling one after the other : Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone…
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Erdogan has accused the “highest levels” of the saudi government, The fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi for justice Khashoggi choked on his arrival at the consulate, according to the Turks
The British are not in rest : John Flint, ceo of HSBC, will not go to Riyadh, no more than David Schwimmer, the American at the head of the London Stock Exchange and sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin group. Several media outlets, such as CNN, Bloomberg, The Economist, the New York Times, CNBC or the Financial Times, have also cancelled the participation of their leaders or journalists, round tables. This Thursday in the late afternoon, the u.s. secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin has informed in turn that he would not go, but after discussion with the president, Donald Trump and his secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A crisis is invisible on the site of the event, where the page listing the guests is now not found.