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France's prime minister and a delegation of top French officials have arrived in Saudi Arabia for two days of talks with senior royals, including King Salman.


   Manuel Valls is traveling with Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. A number of military and business deals are expected to be announced during their visit.


   The state-run Saudi Press Agency says Valls was greeted at the airport upon his arrival Monday by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


   He was in Egypt prior to visiting Saudi Arabia, where Cairo's government signed a deal to buy two French-made Mistral warships.


   The alliance between France and Saudi Arabia has grown stronger in recent years as ties between Washington and Riyadh cooled under President Barack Obama.

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