This file photo taken on May 26, 2006 shows cranes at Spanish state-owned military shipyard Navantia on 26 May 2006 in Puerto Real, southern Spain.AFP / JOSE LUIS ROCA
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Close ties between the royal families of Spain and Saudi Arabia could help Madrid conclude a lucrative deal to sell warships to Riyadh, to the alarm of rights groups.Spain's King Felipe VI will Saturday begin a three-day official visit to the Middle Eastern country at the invitation of Saudi Arabia's King Salman. Spanish media has linked the visit to a much anticipated deal to sell Avante 2200 corvettes for an estimated 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion).Spain is currently the seventh-largest arms exporter in the world.Spain faces stiff competition.
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