JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia
French President Francois Hollande discussed Iran and the situation in unrest-hit Syria with Saudi King Abdullah in the city of Jeddah on Sunday on his first visit to the oil-rich kingdom, a spokesman said.
"The president discussed with King Abdullah the peace process in the Middle East, the Iranian nuclear programme, the Syrian crisis, as well as cooperation between both countries," Romain Nadal told AFP after a two-hour meeting between the leaders.
Saudi Arabia's official news agency SPA also reported they discussed "developments on the Palestinian issue and the current situation in Syria" in addition to bilateral relations.
Hollande's stop in Jeddah, where he met the king for the first time since he took office in May, comes after a brief visit to Beirut during which he pledged to protect Lebanon against threats of destabilisation caused by the deadly conflict in neighbouring Syria.
"This visit to Saudi Arabia is primarily political," Hollande had told reporters aboard the aircraft taking him from Beirut to the Red Sea city.