Saudi Arabia drops Francophonie bid as journalist uproar grows

Saudi Arabia drops Francophonie bid as journalist uproar growsSaudi Arabia has dropped a bid to join the world’s club of French-speaking countries, officials said Thursday, as the Gulf monarchy faces criticism over the disappearance of a critical Saudi journalist. The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) was set to study the Saudi bid at a summit on Thursday, but the kingdom asked to “postpone” its membership application in a letter, spokesman Bertin Leblanc told AFP.



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