Saudi Arabia drops bid to join the 'Francophonie' cultural club

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While French President Emmanuel Macron visits Armenia is attending a summit of the world's French-speaking countries, grouped together under the 'Francophonie' cultural umbrella, Saudi Arabia, under the spotlight for human rights abuses, has withdrawn it application to join the club.

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Saudi Arabia on Thursday withdrew its application to join the worldwide club of French speaking countries, the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF) amid increasing alarm over Riyadh's human rights record, reports FRANCE 24.