Saudis prep for WAR - Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

  • Saudis prep for WAR - Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

Saudis prep for WAR - Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve said: "The doubling of executions under the new Crown Prince reveals that, beneath his glossy public image, Mohammed bin Salman is one of the most brutal leaders in the Kingdom's recent history".

Leading the war is bin Salman, who is also Saudi Arabia's defense minister.

Britain and Saudi Arabia have set themselves a 65 billion pound trade and investment target for the coming years, with London looking for new post-Brexit markets for its services sector, and Prince Mohammed seeking to convince wary investors his country is a tolerant and modernising place.

On the second full day of his first foreign tour since becoming heir apparent to the Saudi throne past year, Prince Mohammed also had meetings with finance minister Philip Hammond, bankers, and lawmakers, and was due to dine with Prime Minister Theresa May at her country residence later.

Emphasizing that both London and Riyadh were at "inflection points", the Saudi energy minister said the United Kingdom would need to step up its search for new trade partners after Brexit to replace lost European Union markets.

Thornberry criticised the Government for receiving Salman on a state visit this week amid his country's intervention in Yemen's civil war where Saudi port blockades are said to have created a growing humanitarian crisis.

Protests over the Yemen war have jarred with a warm welcome from the British government during the visit to London. Labour's foreign policy agenda is not "radical", but in line with much of the rest of Europe's: Germany has now banned arms sales to Saudi, following Norway's decision to suspend sales to the UAE, Saudi's coalition partner in Yemen. No further details of either meeting were available.

Jeremy Corbyn hammered Theresa May with the Saudi visit at Prime Minister's Questions.

On Friday, he will meet Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson for talks, amid calls for the suspension of United Kingdom arms export licences to Saudi Arabia.