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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman 'not really' a reforming leader

10 March 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman 'not really' a reforming leader

In a fiery exchange with opposition lawmakers in parliament on Wednesday, May defended Britain's links to Saudi Arabia. London has been vying with NY for the listing but an announcement is not imminent, according to a person familiar with plans for the visit.

Britain is rolling out the red carpet for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who will have lunch with the queen at Buckingham Palace and dine later with Prince Charles and Prince William.

Only 6 per cent support United Kingdom arms sales to Saudi Arabia; May: "Tell Saudi Prince - stop the slaughter, start peace talks!" were the choice slogans emblazoned on the side of a white van next to the protest, Efe news reported.

Welcomed at the Cairo Coptic Cathedral, Bin Salman met with Pope Tawadros II along with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense as part of a three-day visit to Egypt to discuss bilateral ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

"The World Bank ease of doing business index, that brings together various variables of that in different countries, really underlines that necessity for reform in Saudi Arabia", said Thomsen.

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.

Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud had to meet with the British monarch as the first point of his visit, accompanied by a demonstration of the relations created to help expand the long-standing defense links in a wider partnership.

The 32-year-old crown prince will succeed to the throne when his 82-year-old father, King Salman, dies.

The prince, who announced plans for a rapid economic overhaul and oversaw a crackdown on corruption since his appointment in June, won praise from the British prime minister for his reform program known as Vision 2030, in particular allowing women to drive and attend sporting events.

May's government has remained defiant in the face of growing pressure to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia, defending the sales amid evidence of war crimes and civilian deaths in Yemen.

'The Prime Minister raised our deep concerns at the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

It is being held to coincide with a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK.

The country's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said the planned protests are based on a misunderstanding of the war in Yemen.

"The regime has carried out atrocities against Saudi people for decades, and has inflicted a bad humanitarian catastrophe on the people of Yemen".

Al-Shorouk quoted Prince Mohammed as saying "the contemporary triangle of evil comprises Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups".