Britain to finalise Typhoon plane order talks with Saudi

Randolph Lopez
March 11, 2018

This included talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and an audience with the Queen.

"The Crown Prince's visit has opened a new chapter in our two countries' historic relationship", British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said.

He added: "If agreed, this shameful deal will be celebrated in the palaces of Riyadh and by the arms companies who will profit from it, but it will mean even greater destruction for the people of Yemen".

The £100-million ($138-million) agreement, the first of its kind, was signed between the UK government and Saudi Arabia's KS Relief during a visit to London by the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the British PoliticsHome website, which reports on parliamentary affairs, reported on Friday.

Bin Salman, who was in London from Wednesday until Friday, is regarded as the architect of Riyadh's three-year war on Yemen.

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She underlined her government's support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, noting that the campaign has been supported by the UN Security Council. About 200 had lined up outside the gates of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday to greet the Saudi leader.

HSBC Holdings Plc Chief Executive Officer John Flint and Standard Chartered Group Plc CEO Bill Winters will be among several executives attending a closed-door meeting at the Saudi Arabian ambassador's residence in London to discuss topics including financing the future of the world's largest oil exporter, the people said, declining to be identified. It has increased its weapons sales by around 500 percent since March 2015, The Independent reported last November.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said the United Kingdom had already licensed £4.6bn of arms for Saudi Arabia since hostilities began in Yemen in 2015.

May, however, defended her government's relationship with the kingdom, arguing that the UK played an influential role in bringing to light the many issues Saudi Arabia faces.

Labour Liverpool Walton MP Dan Carden tweeted: 'Before signing any humanitarian partnership with Saudi Arabia the UK Government should have insisted on a full resolution to the Saudi-caused humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

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