French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to take part in a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2019. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via REUTERS
PARIS - 18 September 2019: France will send experts to Saudi Arabia to help with investigations into an attack on Saudi oil installations, President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Wednesday.
Macron strongly condemned the attack, the Elysee Palace said, and assured Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that France was committed to stability in the Middle East.
"In response to a Saudi request, President Macron confirmed to the crown prince that France will send experts to Saudi Arabia to take part in investigations aimed at revealing the origin and modalities of the attacks," the Elysee said.
The attack which halted half the kingdom's output could harm French diplomacy meant to avert a feared U.S.-Iranian conflict, diplomats told Reuters after Macron's top envoy held talks in Saudi Arabia.