Saudi-UK CEO Forum Held in London

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images                   Crown Prince and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Crown Prince and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (CR) and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (CL) pose for a photograph with other members of the British government and Saudi ministers and delegates at number 10 Downing Street in central London, on March 7, 2018.

In a newspaper opinion piece on February 28, Boris Johnson, British foreign secretary, praised MBS's Vision 2030 national programme, said to be aimed at modernising the Arab Gulf state, adding that he deserved Britain's support.

"Hopefully by next year there are going to be way more rights given to Saudi women, the ones that we deserve", she said.

Labour, the Lib Dems and human rights campaigners have heavily criticised the way May has "rolled out the red carpet" for the Crown Prince, with lunch with the Queen and dinner with Prince Charles and Prince William lined up on Wednesday.

Protesters gathered near Parliament and outside Downing Street for the Prince's arrival in London.

"When she meets the Crown Prince, Theresa May should urge him to commute the sentences of all child protesters facing execution".

May replied that the UK's intelligence links with the Saudis had saved potentially hundreds of lives from terror attacks at home, and insisted she had raised "concerns" about the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

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Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud had to meet with the British monarch as the first point of his visit, accompanied by a demonstration of the relations created to help expand the long-standing defense links in a wider partnership.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said during a fiery debate with May that British military advisers based in Saudia Arabia were "directing the war" in Yemen and that the United Kingdom government was colluding in what could be war crimes. As the British government officials have pointed out, this has in turn supported "tens of thousands" of United Kingdom jobs.

"The World Bank ease of doing business index, that brings together various variables of that in different countries, really underlines that necessity for reform in Saudi Arabia", said Thomsen.

It follows a trip to Egypt earlier in the week, when Prince Mohammed met Coptic Pope Tawadros II in Cairo. London also eyes listing state oil firm Saudi Aramco in its stock market.

For those who have criticized Saudi Arabia as a country that moves at a snail's pace, the pace of change has literally taken everyone by surprise and make the same people now say slow down.

The prince's comments were the latest broadside in a heated rhetorical battle among Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey as the three Middle East powerhouses vie for predominance at a time of deepening confrontation.

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.

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