Saudi crown prince meets banking bosses in London

Saudi crown prince meets banking bosses in London

Saudi crown prince meets banking bosses in London

Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after an egg was thrown at a police vehicle as bin Salman's motorcade arrived in Downing Street.

As the Crown Prince touched down on United Kingdom soil Green party leader Caroline Lucas asked: "Isn't it time we stop giving the red carpet treatment to despots and dictators?"

In a newspaper opinion piece on February 28, Boris Johnson, British foreign secretary, praised MBS's Vision 2030 national programme, said to be aimed at modernising the Arab Gulf state, adding that he deserved Britain's support.

The government spokesman said that May had raised "deep concerns" about the humanitarian situation in the country; however, this is unlikely to satisfy critics, including those protesting outside Downing Street, who called for a "blockade" and "sanctions" on Saudi Arabia over the conflict.

The three-day visit will include a second royal meeting - dinner with Prince Charles and Prince William, a briefing with national security officials and a prestigious visit to the Premier's residence.

The crown prince had lunch with the queen at Buckingham Palace ahead of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

"The relationship we have with Saudi Arabia is historic".

On Wednesday, bin Salman aso received a briefing from United Kingdom security officials that included a section on Yemen, where the United Kingdom is a major global backer of Saudi intervention.

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The UK has, so far, sold more than six billion pounds of arms to Saudi Arabia.

And asked if the PM had "blood on her hands", the spokesman replied: "This Government is responsible for the decisions that are being taken to support this military campaign and support this aerial bombing campaign of Yemen, and has directed British military personal to take part in advising the targeting of aerial operations in Yemen".

Hundreds of human rights protesters gathered outside Downing Street Wednesday demonstrating against the U.K.'s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its bombardment of Yemen - a country experiencing a humanitarian disaster due to the civil war, which is seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran - as well as human rights abuses.

So could a Saudi woman ever become the chief executive officer of Aramco - the giant state oil company that's planning one of the largest initial public offerings in history?

Successive British governments have often claimed that various Saudi monarchs are reformers, yet today in Saudi Arabia you can not join a political party, you can not join a trade union, there is no freedom of assembly, and political prisoners are subject to torture, whipping and also execution.

Not everyone is happy that Crown Prince Mohammed is in town, though.

According to Downing Street, the meeting between the 32-year-old Mohammad bin Salman, better known as MBS, and May will tackle global challenges, such as terrorism, extremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria.

According to the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), over the past three years, Britain has licensed $6.4 billion worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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