Protests outside UK Parliament ahead of Saudi Crown Prince's visit

The Crown Prince had lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

However, his arrival drew protests on the streets of London over the brutal Yemen conflict.

Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after an egg was thrown at a police vehicle as bin Salman's motorcade arrived in Downing Street.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar last June, suspending air and shipping routes with the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, which is home to the region's biggest U.S. military base. The war has killed an estimated 10,000 people with 8.3 million people depending on food aid and 400,000 children have life-threatening levels of malnutrition. London has been vying with NY for the listing but an announcement is not imminent, according to a person familiar with plans for the visit.

It is also reported that Britain is a military supplier of Suadi Arabia.

May's government has remained defiant in the face of growing pressure to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia, defending the sales amid evidence of war crimes and civilian deaths in Yemen.

The British government's special envoy to the Saudi 2030 initiative is Ken Costa, a former churchwarden of Holy Trinity, Brompton, in London, and a former chairman of Alpha International.

Shortly after his three-day visit to Cairo, the Saudi prince is due to head to Britain on Wednesday before visiting the USA later in the month. "It is important, and has saved the lives of hundreds of people in this country", said Theresa May.

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He plans to diversify Saudi Arabia's economy away from oil.

The pair met at Downing Street for talks on reforms in Saudi Arabia, trade and investment relations and defence and security cooperation.

Photos of the Queen and Crown Prince's private audience were also posted online. The blockade against Qatar and political repression in Kingdom are also a cause for concern.

Critics say Britain has been slow to condemn rights abuses by Saudi Arabia, a key regional ally and major purchaser of United Kingdom -made weapons.

The UK shouldn't be blinded by the charm offensive surrounding Prince Mohammed, the opposition Labour Party's foreign affairs spokeswoman, Emily Thornberry, said Wednesday in a Bloomberg TV interview.

It has laid the cornerstone for a long term mutual beneficial relationship Britain and sets out an ambition to build 65 billion pounds ($90.29 billion) of trade and investment ties in coming years.

Speaking after he questioned the prime minister, Stewart McDonald MP said: "The Prime Minister has an opportunity today to raise the Saudi regime's appalling human rights failures".

"We have been admirably following your progress on the media", Pope Tawadros told Crown Prince Mohammed.

  • Megan Austin