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Saudi crown prince warns Turkey now part of 'triangle of evil'

Saudi crown prince warns Turkey now part of 'triangle of evil'

He also met with Prince Charles and Prime Minister Theresa May.

While the crown prince has been praised for initiating change, such as lifting a ban on women driving and allowing women to attend sporting events, Saudi Arabia's societal and economic transformation is only just beginning and the kingdom is still perceived as a repressive regime with a poor human rights record. A Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in Yemen in 2015 and critics say Riyadh has been using British-supplied weapons in devastating strikes.

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

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have maintained a blockade on food and needed medicine in the Houthi-controlled regions of Yemen, resulting in a cholera outbreak and widespred hunger.

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.

Crown Prince Mohammed said the dispute with Qatar could be long-lasting, comparing it to the USA embargo of Cuba imposed 60 years ago, but played down its impact, dismissing the Gulf emirate as "smaller than a Cairo street".

Save the Children, a London-based charity, also highlighted the plight of children in Yemen by placing outside Parliament a small statue of a child standing in rubble and staring at the sky.

"The link that we have with Saudi Arabia is historic, it is an important one, and it has saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people in this country", May said, pausing her answer briefly as opposition lawmakers cried "Shame!"




May later said that she would raise the issue of human rights with the crown prince when she met him and that she had spoken with him about humanitarian concerns in Yemen during a visit to Riyadh in December.

"The Prime Minister and crown prince agreed on the importance of full and unfettered humanitarian and commercial access, including through the ports, and that a political solution was ultimately the only way to end the conflict and humanitarian suffering in Yemen".

The spokeswoman said the summit yielded "a landmark ambition" for around £65 billion (73 billion euros, $90 billion) of mutual trade and investment opportunities in coming years in areas ranging from education to defence.

"We would like the Aramco share option to be issued in the United Kingdom and we will continue to suggest the City would be the best place for it", junior foreign office minister Alistair Burt told parliament. "It is great that the Saudi leadership has taken recently several decisions to enable Saudi women to take up more jobs in the local employment market and the ministry is extending continuous support to women, especially women with special needs to enter the job market", she added.

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

Ministers had expected criticism about the scale of the hospitality offered to Bin Salman, but the level of hostility from senior opposition figures will have taken them aback.

The latter, the defense industry, is one of the most controversial aspects of the U.K.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia. The two nations are planning to create a joint Strategic Partnership Council that could lead to Saudi investment of up to 100 billion pounds ($139 billion) in the next 10 years, according to the BBC. On the other hand, as a part of Vision 2030, Saudi crown prince is also looking for foreign investment.


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