Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al Saud arrives at Cairo International Airport in Cairo Egypt on 4 March 2018 Welby raises human-rights concerns during private meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince
Ella Tate | 10 March, 2018, 01:55

Rob Williams, chief executive at War Child UK - a charity for children affected by conflict, said: 'Britain is complicit in the humanitarian crisis in Yemen through providing diplomatic support to Saudi Arabia, as well as selling our most high tech and deadly weapons to a coalition that the United Nations has verified as committing grave violations against children'. "They criticize us for a war in Yemen that we did not want, that was imposed on us, that is a just war", he said. After 2015, there is an increase of nearly 500% in the sale of British weapons to Saudi Arabia.

But as Britain rolled out the red carpet for his visit, many people were furious about the visit considering Saudia Arabia's role in the war in Yemen and the country's human rights record.

Prince Mohammed is on a three-day visit to Britain, which began with a lunch with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, and will see him hold the second of two meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May later Thursday. May responded that her relationship with Prince Mohammed had already helped alleviate the humanitarian crisis by convincing him to ease Saudi blockades of ports in Yemen during a meeting in December.

'Wahhabism, a strict interpretation of Islam, dominates life in Saudi Arabia, and all Saudis are considered Muslims, ' Open Doors said on its website.

The British government seeks to turn its historic defense relations into trade and investment, focusing both on the expanding Saudi Arabian export market in the services sector and on attracting Saudi money to finance domestic projects.

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While visiting the Kingdom specifically to mark this momentous week, Mr Vella added, "The fact that the program takes place around International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, is no coincidence".

May defended herself when questioned by her political opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, at the weekly "Prime Minister's Questions" session in parliament.

The crown prince's trips to Egypt, Britain and later this month the United States are aimed partly at courting investors.

The Saudi delegation then met May at her offices to launch a UK-Saudi Strategic Partnership Council.

Theresa May said she would address the humanitarian concern for Yemen, but said all arms sales were strictly regulated, explaining that Saudi Arabia's involvement in the conflict was backed by the UN Security Council and her government. He went on to further criticise the Tory government for welcoming the prince. Iran responded by calling the Saudi crown prince "immature" and "weak-minded". Public listing of State Oil Firm Saudi Aramco on London Stock Exchange is also expected.

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