In meeting with Welby, Saudi crown prince vows to promote religious freedom

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

On Wednesday, the Labour Party said that the United Kingdom was partly complicit in civilian deaths in Yemen after supplying arms to Saudi Arabia.

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.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince and the U.K.'s prime minister launched an economic and investment partnership worth billions of dollars on Wednesday, amid human rights protests in London and political pressure in parliament.

BRITAIN has given Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince the royal treatment during a three-day visit overshadowed by some very awkward realities. However, in recent years, the government has come under increasing scrutiny over its support in the western backed and Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Downing Street defended ties with the authoritarian state and hailed the Crown Prince as a modernising force who has allowed women to drive, attend stadiums and developed the Vision 2030 project to open up the economy.

The U.N. said Saudi Arabia was at the center of the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Saudi Arabia's crown prince has vowed to promote religious freedom in a private meeting with the archbishop of Canterbury in Lambeth Palace today. Since 1953 Saudi Arabia has been ruled by a series of ageing brothers and his father, King Salman, is 82, but Prince Mohammed has been plucked from the next generation.

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". May's spokesman said British personnel had no role in carrying out coalition air strikes, and were not involved in Saudi targeting decisions.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been hailed as a moderniser however human rights group say he has seen executions double.

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.

He affirmed that Saudi Arabia and Britain are strategic allies, while highlighting programs of mining, oil cooperation and the suitable environment. The public approval of United Kingdom weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and is only at 6 percent mark in Britain, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

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