Saudi crown prince meets banking bosses in London

Tonya Becker
March 10, 2018

However, his arrival drew protests on the streets of London over the brutal Yemen conflict.

That criticism over the Yemen war and noisy demonstrations have contrasted with the warm welcome from the British government given the crown prince.

Campaigners against the war rallied near Parliament and said they would protest later outside the gates of Downing St.

During the hour-long visit at Lambeth Palace, the pair discussed the crown prince's reform plans, and Welby - the head of the Anglican church - expressed his concerns about the treatment of Christians in Saudi Arabia. The Save the Children charity protested the visit by installing a statue of a child near parliament "to draw attention to the violence that is being fuelled, in part, by British-made bombs".

Defense remains a vital partnership between the two countries as Britain is Saudi Arabia's second-biggest supplier of defense equipment and London-based based BAE Systems has been waiting for a follow-on order for the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet after the initial Al-Yamamah sale of 72 of the warplanes in 2006.

The Crown Prince arrived in the United Kingdom on Wednesday for a three-day visit. "In jobs, in our lives, in society, everything is going to change for Saudi women", said one of the joggers, university student Sama Kinsara.

May said all arms sales were strictly regulated, that Saudi Arabia's involvement in the conflict was backed by the UN Security Council and her government supported it.

Turkey has also worked with Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival in the Middle East, to try to reduce fighting in northern Syria in recent months, and Iranian and Turkish military chiefs exchanged visits a year ago, noted Reuters. May responded that her relationship with Prince Mohammed had already helped alleviate the humanitarian crisis by convincing him to ease Saudi blockades of ports in Yemen during a meeting in December.

"This is a significant boost for United Kingdom prosperity and a clear demonstration of the strong worldwide confidence in our economy as we prepare to leave the European Union", a Downing Street spokesperson said in the statement.

During Prime Minister's Questions, the Prime Minister said that the Government was increasing aid to Yemen and was engaging with the Saudi government over ending the war.

The spokeswoman said the summit yielded "a landmark ambition" for around £65 billion (73 billion euros, $90 billion) of mutual trade and investment opportunities in coming years in areas ranging from education to defence.

Ford Motor Company has begun the inaugural session of Ford Driving Skills for Life for Her, a special variation of Ford's global safe driving program for teens and new drivers, in Saudi Arabia.

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