Queen Elizabeth II Receives Saudi Crown Prince at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II Receives Saudi Crown Prince at Buckingham Palace

Foreign minister Boris Johnson led the welcoming party for Prince Mohammed on his arrival late on Tuesday. Known as MBS to friends, Salman, 32, will dine with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and have dinner with the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge at Clarence House.

He will also meet with Prime Minister Theresa May at her rural retreat, Chequers, and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson to discuss terrorism and military co-operation.

The three-day visit will also include a briefing with national security officials and a visit to May's country residence.

Meanwhile adverts promoting bin Salman's attempts to modernise Saudi Arabia have been spotted around London.

"The link we have with Saudi Arabia is historic, important and it has saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people in this country".

Her statements were interrupted briefly as opposition lawmakers cried "Shame!"

Referencing alleged British collusion in the Yemen civil war, she said: "We have encouraged the Saudi government to ensure that when there are allegations that activity has taken place which is not in line with worldwide humanitarian law they investigate that, they learn the lessons from it".

She underlined her government's support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, noting that the campaign has been supported by the UN Security Council.

Earlier, Corbyn said British military advisers were "directing the war" in Yemen. The military aggression has so far killed over 13,600 Yemenis.

The Middle East minister Alistair Burt said Thornberry was not the sole holder of conscience in United Kingdom politics, and warned that if she was ever in government and seeking a relationship with the leader of a country likely to be the most powerful in the Middle East for the next decades, she might need to review some of her personal comments.

"On the issue of arms exports to Saudi Arabia, [Corbyn] seems to be at odds with his shadow foreign secretary once again, because she said this morning the arms industry is 'not something I am seeking to undermine as long as it is within worldwide law.' We agree we have very a tight arms export regime in this country and when there are allegations of arms not being used within the law we expect that to be investigated".

Britain is looking for trading partners as it exits the European Union, and energy powerhouse Saudi Arabia needs to convince skeptical investors about its domestic reforms.

Britain is vying to land the stock market listing of state oil firm Saudi Aramco, but no decision is expected this week. More similar programs are underway before the main planned rally on Wednesday.

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

Mohammed bin Salman arrived in the United Kingdom on Tuesday night, and is expected to spend three days in the country.

Saudi bombing in Yemen is contributing to "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world at the moment", Thornberry said.

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.

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. "Theresa May is handing a major propaganda coup to the dictatorship", Al Jazeera quoted Andrew Smith of the UK-based NGO as saying.

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