Saudi Arabia defends 'just' Yemen war ahead of United Kingdom visit


The trip will include lunch with Queen Elizabeth, a dinner with heir to the throne Prince Charles and his son Prince William, and meetings with British intelligence chiefs.

Bin Salman, who will wrap up a three-day visit to Egypt on Tuesday evening, made the remarks at a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.

Rachel Reeves, head of an influential business committee in British parliament, warned against risking London's reputation as a finance center by watering down corporate governance rules to secure the Aramco listing.

Egyptians have a generally favorable view of Saudi Arabia, where many have worked in the booming oil economy during Egypt's decades of stagnation since the 1970s.

Prince Mohammed's visit comes as his close ally President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepares to run in an election he is virtually guaranteed to win.

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A spokesman for Avaaz told HuffPost: "The people of Yemen have faced daily bombing, starvation, and a cholera outbreak for three years, due to Saudi Arabia's failed military campaign and unwillingness to support peace negotiations".

The Strategic Partnership Council would provide a platform government cooperation on the reform agenda as well as formalising the inter-governmental dialogue and overseeing the work of envoys appointed jointly to drive "economic and social progress".

Welcome to London, 6 March, 2018, the day before the Saudi crown prince touches down to meet the great and the good of Great Britain.

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

Saudi visits to Britain are expected to increase 20% by 2020.

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During the past two years, the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and other terrorist groups including the IS had an active presence in Yemen's southern part. These talks will not only cover the humanitarian crisis and means of tackling the ballistic missile threat but also fresh efforts to achieve a political settlement between the factions. The agreement is to build a megapolis with an area of 26,500 square kilometers called NEOM announced by the Saudi Arabian officials at an global investment conference in October past year.

Prince Mohammed and President Sisi agreed in talks to bolster economic ties and launch joint projects, "particularly in the tourism sector on the Red Sea", Mr Radi said.

The paper said diplomats have spoken about plans for more Saudi investment in the UK, as well as the kingdom acquiring British companies.

Opponents of the Saudi regime will stage protests to the visit outside May's London residence, arguing that Britain should not be selling arms to Saudi Arabia or rolling out the red carpet to the prince.

"British ingenuity and British technology and British know-how is not going to change whether you're part of the European Union or not part of the European Union".

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Mohammad bin Salman will be met by both Theresa May and the Queen, but also by protests and anger which Labour's Emily Thornberry said is about air-strikes on Yemeni civilians, "killing and injuring hundreds".