Israeli brass met with Saudi prince in Egypt

10 March, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Julio Duncan
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Justin Welby saw Mohammed bin Salman at Lambeth Palace in London as concern over Saudi Arabia's role in the war in Yemen continued to cause controversy.

May's Conservative government said Mohammed's visit would strengthen co-operation in "tackling global challenges such as terrorism, extremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues".

People protesting against Saudi Arabia's involvement in the deadly Yemen War lined the streets of Whitehall earlier on Wednesday, with pro- and anti-Saudi posters and ad campaigns being displayed all over the capital.

"Providing access to opportunities for people to reach their full potential is core to our mission and Ford's goal of becoming the world's most trusted mobility company", said Jim Vella, President, Ford Fund. The reforms also include significant social changes, and whether by chance or design the Saudi event coincided with International Women's Day.

"The relationship we have with Saudi Arabia is historic".

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have agreed to create a $10 billion joint fund to develop a mega-city in Egypt's southern Sinai Peninsula, with both countries committing more than 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) of land to the new project. One person was dressed up as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, tossing replica child-sized body bags onto a heap as another activist, dressed as May, counted a stack of cash.

Vans featuring a welcome to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman are parked in Whitehall in central London.

The activists accuse Mohammed bin Salman of being the "chief architect" of the Yemen war, which according to the United Nations, has led to the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The Labour leader said that 600,000 children in Yemen had cholera "because of the Saudi-led bombing campaign and the blockade", and asked why British arms sales to Saudi Arabia had "sharply increased".

In this regard, Tarek Fahmi, a professor of political science at Cairo University, said that the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince was strategic that will pave the way for new policies between the two countries. "Promoting a more moderate form of Islam is one of the more ambitious promises made by Prince Mohammed under plans to transform Saudi and reduce its reliance on oil", Reuters explains.

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the government to abandon all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia while the war in Yemen continues. "Theresa May is handing a major propaganda coup to the dictatorship", Al Jazeera quoted Andrew Smith of the UK-based NGO as saying.

"The crown prince has overseen the brutal repression and abuse of Saudi people, as well as bad atrocities that have been carried out against the people of Yemen", Andrew Smith, head of CAAT, told Al Jazeera. He had lunch with the Queen and other members of the royal family, before meeting the Prime Minister at Downing Street.



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