French President Francois Hollande, left, speaks with Defense Minister and Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz prior to a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer/Pool)
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France and Saudi Arabia are close to signing a $3 billion arms deal for Lebanon, the Elysee Palace said late Monday following talks between President Francois Hollande and the Saudi crown prince.More than a million refugees have fled the war in Syria by escaping to Lebanon, according to figures from the United Nations.Salman is due to hold talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Tuesday.Last week, Hollande rejected any cooperation with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of being a "de-facto ally" of Islamic State militants, after the regime said it was willing to work with the international community to tackle the jihadists.
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