Saudi Crown Prince arrives in search of investors and nuclear deal

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in search of investors and nuclear deal

Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a friend of Trump's who recently interviewed him at the World Economic Forum, asked: "Where is the massive Women's March in Britain protesting against today's state visit by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia?"

Outside Downing Street protesters organised by the Campaign Against Arms Trade are expected to gather.

The Prime Minister also raised the situation in Yemen with the Saudi royal. He had lunch with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday and is scheduled to dine later with Prince Charles and Prince William.

As welcoming ceremonies were underway for the Saudi crown prince, anti-war activists rallied near Parliament and said they would protest later outside the gates of Downing Street against Riyadh and London's roles in the war on Yemen.

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.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry penned an op-ed in The Guardian slamming the government, saying: "Britain's red carpet for the Saudi ruler is shameless".

In the eight months after Mohammed bin Salman was appointed Crown Prince (July 2017 - February 2018 inclusive) there have been 133 executions in Saudi Arabia compared with 67 in the eight months preceding (October 2016 - May 2017 inclusive).

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"Since the devastating war in Yemen began, the United Kingdom government has licensed nearly £5 billion (A$8.88 billion) worth of arms to the Saudi military", he said.

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 previous year, noted Reuters.

At the same time, Britain is trying to attract Saudi Arabia for the listing of state oil giant Saudi Aramco on the London Stock Exchange.

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, Labour and other opposition politicians cried "shame" as May defended the UK's defence relationship with Saudi Arabia in parliament.

Theresa May and the Saudi Crown Prince.

According to Downing Street, the meeting between the 32-year-old Mohammad bin Salman, better known as MBS, and May will tackle worldwide challenges, such as terrorism, extremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria. The Saudi official responsible for handling the dispute holds a position lower than a government minister, he said.

Demonstrators are protesting against Britain for licensing 4.6 billion pounds of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia since 2015. As the British government officials have pointed out, this has in turn supported "tens of thousands" of United Kingdom jobs.

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