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    Queen Elizabeth II receives Saudi crown prince at Buckingham Palace
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    British Queen Elizabeth II welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. (AFP)

    Staff writer, Al Arabiya English
    Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    British Queen Elizabeth II welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday during his first official visit to the UK.

    The Crown Prince arrived in the UK on an official visit, in response to an invitation from the British government.

    The schedule includes a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, British Crown Prince Charles and Prime Minister Theresa May.

    Queen Elizabeth had a welcome reception followed by a banquet organized for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the royal palace.

    The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson received Prince Mohammed upon his arrival in the UK late on Tuesday.

    The first official meeting set for the Saudi royal on Wednesday, was visiting Buckingham Palace for talks with Queen Elizabeth and attending the reception banquet.



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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace in central London on March 7, 2018. (AFP)

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    Saudi crown prince arrives in London, meets Queen and Prime Minister
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    He will also meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and discuss how Saudi Arabia can be a reliable partner. (Photos courtesy: AlRiyadh)
    Staff writer, Al Arabiya English
    Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    Britain’s grand welcome for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began on Wednesday as he arrived in London.

    He attended a lunch with Queen Elizabeth, as the two countries seek to widen longstanding defense ties into a far-reaching partnership.

    He will also meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and discuss how Saudi Arabia can be a reliable partner as Britain seeks to forge new relationships after voting to quit the European Union.

    Prince Mohammed was greeted at the airport by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

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    The prince, who has overseen a series of domestic reforms and a crackdown on corruption since his appointment in June, will then travel on to meet President Donald Trump in Washington before visiting cities across the US.

    UK-Saudi Strategic Partnership Council
    Inside May’s Downing Street offices the two leaders will launch a “UK-Saudi Strategic Partnership Council” - an initiative to encourage Saudi Arabia’s economic reforms and foster more cooperation on issues such as education and culture, as well as defense and security.

    “It will usher in a new era of bilateral relations, focused on a partnership that delivers wide-ranging benefits for both of us,” May’s spokesman told reporters.

    Ahead of his visit to Britain, in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph published on Tuesday, the crown prince said the historic relationship between both countries is linked by common defense and business interests.

    “The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Britain is historic and goes back to the foundation of the Kingdom,” he said. “We have a common interest that goes back to the earliest days of the relationship. Our relationship with Britain today is super.”

    He added: “The British and Saudi people, along with the rest of the world, will be much safer if you have a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia.

    “The extremists and the terrorists are linked through spreading their agenda,” he said. “We need to work together to promote moderate Islam.”

    The crown prince spoke on the social changes currently being felt in Saudi Arabia that have come against a backdrop of sweeping reforms, which include a re-energized crackdown on hate speech and religious police, greater freedoms for women, a bustling entertainment scene and a pledge to “destroy extremism and return to moderate Islam.”

    Prince Mohammed said: “People in Saudi Arabia have changed a lot because they travel to countries like Britain and see a different way of life.”

    The crown prince is due to have private meetings with the heads of MI5 and MI6, as well as being invited to attend a meeting of the National Security Council - a rare privilege for a visiting foreign dignitary, the newspaper reports.

    “We want to fight terrorism, and we want to fight extremism because we need to build stability in the Middle East,” he said.

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    British MPs discuss Saudi-UK ties, Vision 2030 during crown prince visit
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    British MP: Saudi crown price’s visit will help cement close Saudi-UK relations. (Screengrab)

    Staff writer, Al Arabiya English
    Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    In light of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the UK, Al Arabiya News Channel spoke to British MPs on Saudi-UK ties.

    Conservative MP Philip Hollobone, Leo Docherty and the Saudi-British Parliamentary Committee Chairman Mark Menzies stressed on the UK and Saudi Arabia's close relationship.

    On the crown prince’s visit, Hollobone said that the royal visit “will help to cement those relations closer than ever.”

    The MP also said that he hopes that this visit will “usher in a new era of even better and closer cooperation between our two kingdoms because the United Kingdom is important to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and vice versa. “I do think this is a very important visit and it is also an opportunity to celebrate what is a very warm and very important relationship across many sectors,” said MP Docherty.

    Similarly, Hollobone said that on both occasions of his visit to Saudi Arabia, he had “favourable impressions.” The MP said that part of the challenges in the Saudi-UK relationship is “to explain to the people of the United Kingdom the benefit of even closer cooperation and the fact we [are] very close friends and the benefit of this to both our kingdoms.”

    On reform and social change in Saudi Arabia, the MPs were impressed witht the “tremendous” reform the country is undergoing. Hollobone said: “Vision 2030 is an inspired concept led by the crown prince it will bring many benefits to Saudi Arabia and I think it will help the west to better understand the kingdom, I think it is a very welcome development, very much in the best interest of the kingdom itself and I think it will help integrate further Saudi Arabia into the world.”

    Bilateral Saudi-UK relations
    In Hollonbone’s opinion: “The strongest part of the relationship is the security cooperation. The fact is that, Saudi Arabia is a key intelligence partner for the United Kingdom in the Middle East, and without Saudi involvement there would have been more terrorist’s attacks on the streets here in London with more British people being killed. So the United Kingdom is very grateful for Saudi Arabia’s help in tackling the threat from terrorism.”

    Also, the MP said that he expects more talks between both kingdoms on their “security relationship,” how they can support one another and how to “expand trade” between both of them.

    On his end, Docherty said that: “Clearly, economically there is a great challenge for the kingdom to diversify its economy and to bring more Saudis into professions they would not normally have done and also there is a huge challenge underway to bring in more female members of the population in the work place. But actually, having travelled to Saudi Arabia and having been to many businesses I have been consistently impressed at the amazing standard of female Saudis in the work place.”

    At the same time, Hollonbone said that one issue at hand is the British people’s misconception of Saudi Arabia. He said: “This is one of the big issues, most people in the UK really have no idea what modern Saudi Arabia is like, how friendly, welcoming, intelligent, and respectful modern Saudi Arabians are. I think the more we can tell the British people about the benefits of Saudi Arabia, the better that would be both for the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

    The MP sees that all the changes happening in Saudi Arabia will help the British people understand the new Saudi Arabia. He said: “One of the key changes recently is the issue with the veil, with women in Saudi Arabia increasingly not wearing the full face veil, having more freedom to do with driving, attending sporting events, the opening of cinemas. All these developments which we take for granted in the West, the more the British people understand what is happening in Saudi Arabia I think, the greater the benefits they will see of even a closer cooperation.”

    Youth of Saudi Arabia are the future
    Speaking to the youth of Saudi Arabia, Hollobone said: “My message to the young’s of Saudi Arabia is what a fantastic country you have been fortunate enough to be born into. The world is your oyster, and many of these young people come to the United Kingdom to study and to work and to learn English which they do extremely well. I think the youth of Saudi Arabia have a great chance to build even a better future for their country in the wider world.”

    For Docherty, he sees that the challenge ahead of the Saudi youth “would be when the kingdom moves from petro hydrocarbon based economy which relied entirely on the supply of oil to drive its economy. The challenge now is to bring all of these young people into the work place to work hard and use your own ingenuity and effort to achieve your potential in the work place.”

    Saudis helped to stop attacks in the UK
    According to Hollobone, Saudi Arabia played a role in stopping terrorist attacks in the UK. On this he said: “Head of the intelligence service in the UK has made it clear that without Saudi intelligence and Saudi cooperation, there would have been more terrorist attacks in London with more fatalities.”

    “We owe the kingdom of Saudi Arabia a great debt of thanks for their help in combatting terrorism,” he added.

    On the UK’s role in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, Hollobone said: “British companies have a wide range of expertise that would be relevant for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Defence, oil and petrochemicals, transport infrastructure, chemical developments, education and there will be many more.”

    The MPs see that it would be beneficial if both nations were to increase trade and service cooperation.

    Hollobone sees that Saudi-UK collaborations will bring on opportunity to tackle big issues in the region. He said: “I should think there is a lots of discussion between her majesty’s government here in the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about defence and security issues. Saudi Arabia is a key country in the middle east, it is a zone of stability and security and we need Saudi Arabia to act as a bolster against Iran and its increased sponsorship of terrorism, not only in the Middle East and the Gulf, but further afield. So Saudi Arabia is absolutely a key country in the region and I hope the cooperation between UK and KSA goes from strength to strength.”

    Finally, discussing latest updates on the UK’s decision to Brexit, the Hollobone said: “Brexit is a great news for the UK. Britain is going to be more prosperous and a happier country in ten years’ time than it is at the moment because of Brexit, and we need to strike trade deals with key upcoming countries such as Saudi Arabia and especially given the trade we have in defence at the moment. I hope we can build on that relationship a free trade relationship in the future.”

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    UK PM May says links with Saudi Arabia have saved British lives
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    Theresa May: The link that we have with Saudi Arabia is historic and it is an important one. (Reuters)
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    Prime Minister Theresa May defended Britain’s links to defense and security ally Saudi Arabia in parliament on Wednesday, saying cooperation had helped save the lives of hundreds of people.

    “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 in response to a question from opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.


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    Saudi Crown Prince meets with PM Theresa May during landmark UK visit
    ARAB NEWS | Published — Wednesday 7 March 2018
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    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrives at 10 Downing Street for a meeting with UK PM Theresa May. (AFP)

    LONDON: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday for talks at 10 Downing Street.
    The visit came after the Crown Prince had been greeted by Queen Elizabeth II, with whom he had lunch at Buckingham Palace.
    He is then scheduled to dine with Prince Charles and Prince William later in the day.
    Earlier on Wednesday, the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May defended Britain's links to its defense and security ally Saudi Arabia in Parliament, saying cooperation had helped save the lives of hundreds of people.
    "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 in response to a question from opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
    The PM added that the UK has had a "longstanding and historic relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and that will continue."
    She said, under the Crown Prince, that Saudi Arabia "is reforming, is changing, is giving more rights to women" and that the UK will "stand alongside" Saudi Arabia to deliver on his vision.
    Foreign minister Boris Johnson led the welcoming party for Prince Mohammed on his arrival late on Tuesday. The visit to Buckingham Palace to see Queen Elizabeth was the first engagement for the Crown Prince on Wednesday
    The Saudi Arabian delegation are meeting May and senior ministers inside May's Downing Street offices to launch a UK-Saudi "Strategic Partnership Council" — an initiative to encourage Saudi Arabia's economic reforms and foster cooperation on issues such as education and culture, as well as defense and security.
    The three-day visit is also due to include a meeting with Archbishop of Cantebury Justin Welby, as well as lunch with May at the Prime Minister's rural retreat, Chequers, and talks with Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson.

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    Art show in London showcases Saudi Arabia’s cultural capital
    OLIVIA CUTHBERT | Published — Wednesday 7 March 2018
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    The event runs from March 7-9 from 10am to 6pm in the Phillips building in Berkeley Square, London. (AN Photo)

    LONDON: Londoners gained a glimpse of the wealth of creativity driving Saudi Arabia’s arts scene at an exhibition that opened in Berkeley Square on Wednesday.

    Running under the theme “Whole-istic,” the three-day event showcases the span of Saudi culture, from the traditions and heritage that shaped its past to the creativity and ambition powering today’s cultural evolution.

    It is being held to coincide with a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK.

    The program features film screenings followed by discussions with directors, art exhibitions displaying traditional and contemporary works as well as music performances and unique insights into some of the Kingdom’s most extraordinary attractions through interactive digital displays.

    The event, organized by Saudi Arabia’s General Culture Authority (GCA) in cooperation with the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK) and Phillips, is being held under the the patronage of Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Al-Awwad, chairman of the board of directors of GCA and Ahmed Al-Maziad, CEO of the GCA.

    “Saudi Arabia has been a melting pot and crossroads of civilizations for 9,000 years. Our goal in London is to showcase both our history and contemporary Saudi culture and we invite everyone in London to come and experience the past, present and future with us,” Al-Maziad said in a statement.


    Some of the biggest names in contemporary Saudi art and film are represented through exhibitions spanning two floors, with screenings of the award-winning movie “The Bliss of Being No One” in addition to “A Colorful Life,” a documentary produced by the GCA exploring female empowerment, which will be shown on March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.

    Other highlights include a photo exhibition chronicling a visit to Saudi Arabia in 1938 by Princess Alice, the youngest granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the first member of the British royal family to go to Saudi Arabia.

    The event runs from March 7-9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Phillips building in Berkeley Square, London.

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    Forget ‘stereotypes’ about Saudi Arabia, UK firms urged
    REBECCA SPONG | Published — Wednesday 7 March 2018
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    — Afnan AlShuaiby Head of the Arab-BritishChamber of Commerce

    LONDON: The visit to the UK by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, this week will set the stage for a new trading relationship between the two countries, Dr. Afnan AlShuaiby, head of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, predicted.
    Sitting in her Mayfair office, AlShuaiby told Arab News that with Brexit on the horizon and the Kingdom seeking to diversify its economy, “the sky is the limit” when it comes to business and trade partnerships.
    The crown prince arrives in London on Wednesday and will hold talks with the British prime minister, Theresa May, as well as senior business and intelligence figures.
    AlShuaiby said she is optimistic the visit will encourage more UK companies to invest in Saudi Arabia. Britain’s decision to leave the EU made it even more important for British companies to focus on improving trade relations with partners outside Europe, she said.
    “I would like to see more British interest in Saudi Arabia and more companies investing in Saudi Arabia, whether they are small and medium companies or even the bigger companies that haven’t explored or been in Saudi Arabia,” she said.
    “(The crown prince’s visit) is going to be a very good opportunity for the two sides to finalize agreements together and a way to move forward,” she said. “I would like to see solid agreements come out of it.”
    AlShuaiby urged people to look beyond preconceived ideas about Saudi Arabia and consider the benefits the visit could have on UK business and trade.
    “When a guest comes, they should be welcomed. That’s a courtesy for any place,” she said
    “People don’t know what’s happening in Saudi Arabia, specifically in the past two years. There’s a lot of positivity on all levels and a lot of reforms. I haven’t seen that in the UK media — there is no interest,” she said.
    Changes that have made headlines in the UK include the decision last year to allow women to drive, as well as the crown prince’s anti-corruption drive that resulted in hundreds of businessmen and ministers being detained in the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh last November.
    AlShuaiby has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen business links between the UK and Saudi Arabia since she was appointed secretary general and chief executive of the chamber just over a decade ago. She is the first woman to be appointed to the role in the 40-year history of the organization, set up in the mid-1970s to encourage trade between the UK and other Arab League countries.
    The Saudi national gained her first degree at the King Saud University in Riyadh, and went on to complete an MA in educational administration at the American University, followed by a Ph.D. in leadership administration at George Washington University, both in Washington.
    In her role at the chamber, she has spearheaded conferences, research services, forums and other networking events to help make key introductions between UK companies and their Saudi Arabian and Arab League counterparts. “We are the matchmaker,” she said.
    In 2016, UK exports to Saudi Arabia were worth $6.62 billion compared with $3 billion in 2006, according to World Bank data.
    With Saudi Arabia pushing forward with plans to diversify the country’s economy and its reliance on oil, AlShuaiby said business opportunities for UK companies are only likely to grow. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy, launched in 2016, set out a timetable for economic diversification and social reform.
    “The sky is the limit,” she said, noting health care, education, research and development, and cybersecurity as areas of mutual interest between the two countries. There is a “big move” toward renewables as well, she said.
    The film and cinema industry is opening up to outside investment, following a decision in December to lift the 35-year ban on cinemas in the Kingdom. Last month, the UK-based cinema chain Vue International signed an agreement with a Saudi partner to open about 30 multiplexes in the Kingdom.
    “I think the focus of the visit is going to be geared more toward business and Vision 2030. There is a tremendous move in Saudi Arabia, and things are moving very fast,” she said.
    “It is very important that the UK embarks and becomes a strategic partner in this whole vision.
    “I would like the government to encourage the private sector in the UK. People need to be reassured — and if the government reassures them, they are more comfortable and will have a better appetite for working with Saudi Arabia,” she said.
    AlShuaiby explained that some UK businesses, particularly small-to-medium-sized firms, are reluctant to operate in the Kingdom due to “old stereotypes” about the country.
    “British businesses are still a little bit cautious about doing business in Saudi Arabia,” she said, referring to concerns about the country’s business climate and the law surrounding commercial disputes. She insisted that “things have changed” with regard to the legal system.
    “We need a different way of viewing things. Not the average stereotype of Saudi Arabia — the desert and camel. That is part of our history and our culture, and we are proud of it, but we have also built skyscrapers. It is a very modern country,” she said.
    AlShuaiby called on larger UK firms already active in the Kingdom to “mentor” smaller companies.
    AlShuaiby’s comments are backed up by a recent World Bank report, “Doing Business in 2018,” which found that the Kingdom had implemented six key reforms last year, the largest number in the Middle East and North Africa region.
    The report, published in December, said it was now easier to start a business, register property, enforce contracts and trade across borders in the Kingdom. The bank’s country director for Saudi Arabia, Nadir Mohammed, said such efforts “send a strong signal to investors interested in investing in the Kingdom.”
    Given these improvements, AlShuaiby warns that Saudi Arabia is no longer a place to fly in and out of to make a quick buck. Only “serious” UK investors are wanted, she said.
    “This is the message I would like to send out — is we need a long-term sustainable partner. We want to be partners for a long time,” she said.
    “We need a bigger British presence in Saudi Arabia. We want serious people who are willing to pay for their plane ticket and a couple of nights’ hotel (accommodation) and have organized meetings with an objective. That’s what we are looking for,” she said.

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    BORIS JOHNSON | Published — Friday 2 March 2018
    Future of Saudi Arabia, Muslim world depends on success of Crown Prince

    It was 73 years ago — almost to the day — that Winston Churchill travelled to Fayoum Oasis in Egypt for a meeting with the king of Saudi Arabia.
    “His own cup-bearer from Mecca offered me a glass of water from its sacred well, the most delicious that I had ever tasted,” wrote Churchill of this encounter with King Abdulaziz al Saud.
    If that meeting in the desert was an early chapter in relations between Britain and Saudi Arabia, then we will turn a new page on March 7 when his grandson, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, visits London.
    There will be those who would object to engaging with a kingdom that is a powerhouse of the Middle East and, incidentally, one of Britain’s oldest friends in the region.
    If you have any sympathy with such views, then let me highlight a few salient facts.
    In the eight months since Mohammed bin Salman became crown prince, Saudi Arabia has introduced exactly the kind of reforms that we have always advocated.
    The ban on women driving has been overturned. Gender segregation has been relaxed. The kingdom has adopted an official target for women to account for 30 per cent of the workforce: in February women were allowed to register their own businesses. Women now attend sporting events and from next month cinemas will open their doors to everyone.
    If you are inclined to dismiss these advances, then I will respectfully suggest that you are making a profound mistake. Change does not come easily in Saudi Arabia. In a matter of a few months, genuine reform has taken place after decades of stasis.
    And that fact tells an important story. The crown prince and his father King Salman have together embarked on the social and economic renewal of Saudi Arabia, launching a national programme known as Vision 2030. In October the crown prince said that the overarching goal was to build a “country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world”. He also promised to “eradicate promoters of extremist thoughts”.

    Tens of thousands of British jobs depend on our exports to Saudi Arabia

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    If you are tempted to brush off those phrases as platitudes aimed at outsiders, consider that the crown prince was speaking not in English in some western capital but in Arabic to an audience in Riyadh. His words have been given meaning by the establishment in his capital of a new centre to counter the financing of terrorism.
    What conclusion should we draw? I believe that the crown prince, who is only 32, has demonstrated by word and deed that he aims to guide Saudi Arabia in a more open direction.
    The worst response would be for Britain to criticise from the sidelines or shun the kingdom altogether; instead our role must be to encourage him along this path.
    Be in no doubt: the future of Saudi Arabia — and indeed the region and the wider Muslim world — depends on his success.
    Hence the importance of the crown prince’s visit to London. This will be a chance to strengthen our relationship with Saudi Arabia, both as an end in itself and as the best means of promoting reform.
    I will not minimise Britain’s differences with the kingdom. I want Saudi Arabia to do more to protect human rights. But we cannot deliver these messages or resolve our disagreements unless we meet the kingdom’s leaders.
    Nor can we uphold the British national interest. Remember that tens of thousands of British jobs depend on our exports to Saudi Arabia, which climbed to £6.2 billion in 2016, a 41 per cent rise since 2010. When it comes to keeping Britain safe, intelligence from Saudi Arabia has been crucial in the struggle against terrorism. The simple truth is that British lives have been saved and attacks prevented because of our security cooperation with Saudi Arabia.
    This relationship has long been important for global security. Saudi Arabia was a firm ally during the Cold War and, amid all the turbulence of the Middle East, the kingdom has generally acted as a force for stability and moderation. It was the late King Abdullah who threw his diplomatic weight behind a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict by proposing the bold Arab Peace Initiative.
    Today Britain and Saudi Arabia are working together to counter Iran’s disruptive behaviour in the Middle East and bring the war in Yemen to an end. Last year King Salman took the far-sighted decision to pursue a rapprochement with the Shia-led government in Iraq, something that will help to stabilise the country after the defeat of ISIS.
    You might reply that far more needs to be done to reach a peaceful settlement in Yemen and ensure that aid gets through to everyone in need. I agree. That is exactly why we need to discuss these vital matters with the crown prince during his visit to the UK.
    Our foreign policy is designed to promote the safety and prosperity of the British people while upholding our values as a force for good. We cannot achieve any of these goals unless we meet the leaders of Saudi Arabia on equal and friendly terms.
    That was true when Churchill drank the spring water of Mecca with Ibn Saud in 1945, and it remains true today.

    • Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom

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    Saudi crown prince begins landmark UK visit
    JONATHAN LESSWARE | Published — Wednesday 7 March 2018

    LONDON: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman landed in the UK Tuesday on a landmark trip with a broad agenda spanning business, defense and political ties.
    During the three-day visit, Crown Prince Mohammed is expected to meet Prime Minister Theresa May, the Queen (full gallery here) and other members of the British royal family.
    His arrival in Britain has been highly anticipated, with extensive media coverage of relations between the two countries in the build-up.
    Billboards highlighting the visit have been erected in parts of London and along major highways into the capital.
    One shows the flags of the two countries with “United Kingdoms” written across the top. Another shows Crown Prince Mohammed with the slogan “He is bringing change to Saudi Arabia.”
    Crown Prince Mohammed said the two countries enjoyed historic ties that dated back more than 100 years to the foundation of the Kingdom.
    “We have a common interest that goes back to the earliest days of the relationship,” he said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph newspaper published yesterday. “Our relationship with Britain today is super,” he said.
    Events scheduled for the visit include a forum on business partnerships between the two countries and a discussion meeting at Chatham House.
    Business relations are expected to be a key feature of the visit.

    Saudi Arabia is the UK’s largest trading partner in the Middle East with the flow of goods and services between the two countries in 2016 worth more than £8 billion, according to the Financial Times.
    Britain could be a major beneficiary of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic plan to diversify the economy away from oil, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said.
    “After Brexit, there will be huge opportunities for Britain as a result of Vision 2030,” he told the BBC.
    The British prime minister has welcomed the visit as a chance to strengthen relations.
    “The partnership between the UK and Saudi Arabia already helps make both our countries safer through intelligence-sharing which has saved British lives, and more prosperous, with thousands of jobs created in the UK and substantial opportunities for British companies in Saudi Arabia,” the PM’s office said.

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    Moronic troll, unlike Pakistan your apparent homeland, KSA was never a British nor Western colony and the House of Saud ruled areas of modern-day KSA long before the current British royal dynasty (House of Windsor and before that their original German name - Saxe Gotha-Coburg) came to rule the UK, so there is no master-slave relationship here and never were. Equal footing. You should try.


    Saudi cultural events, CEO forum on the sidelines of royal visit





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    London — On the sidelines of the historic visit to the UK by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, the Saudi General Culture Authority has organized a three-day Saudi Cultural Day under the theme “Whole-istic”.

    The cultural activities, which began on Wednesday, aim to show “a rounded image of what makes Saudi Arabia what it is today” by hosting an art exhibition, virtual reality show, Saudi films screening and musical performances.

    Organized with the cooperation of MiSK Foundation, the “Whole-istic” cultural event gives visitors a chance to experience Saudi Arabia, country shaped by the culture and history of its past, rooted in its rapidly changing present and dreaming of a bright and progressive future.

    The Saudi General Culture Authority, which is hosting the event, aims to stimulate the Kingdom’s cultural sector, develop it, promote all its elements, realize its potential, contribute to the nurturing of cultural talents and promote cultural diversity and social cohesion.

    It seeks to enhance the cultural standing of the Kingdom and extend bridges of knowledge and human communication on regional and international levels.

    The Saudi-UK CEO Forum is organizing panel discussions and roundtables on Thursday.

    The Forum will provide an exclusive platform for Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom’s government and business leaders to celebrate the close bonds between the two countries and strengthen future strategic and commercial relationships, as both countries embark on transformative journeys.

    Panel discussions include: An Era of Transformation: From Vision to Implementation, Women in Leadership: Empowering Rising Leaders, Giga-projects: An Eye Towards the Future, Ensuring stability: Creating Thriving Partnerships.

    In the first plenary session, Minister of Energy, Mining & Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, UK Special Representative on Saudi Vision 2030 Ken Costa, CEO of Dow Chemical Andrew Liveris and British Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead will discuss the changes taking place in Saudi Arabia under the theme “An Era of Transformation: From Vision to Implementation.”

    In a panel discussion on “Women in Leadership: Empowering rising leaders”, Vice President, Saudi General Sports Authority Princess Reema Bint Bandar, CEO of MiSK Foundation Deema Al-Yayha, Executive Director of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority Dr. Basma S. Al-Buhairan, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development Tamadher Alramah, CEO of SAMBA Financial Group Rania Nashar and CEO, of EMEA Darktrace Poppy Gustafsson will discuss the opening up of opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia.

    http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/...nts-CEO-forum-on-the-sidelines-of-royal-visit

    British Foreign Office creates special webpage for Crown Prince’s visit


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    Saudi Gazette report

    London — The British Foreign Office has created a special page on its website to mark Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s visit to Britain.

    “Saudi Arabia is among the largest political, diplomatic and economic powers in the Middle East and with the 32-year-old Crown Prince embarking on a major program of domestic reforms, the visit will usher in a new era in our bilateral relations,” says the webpages which highlights various topics under titles: ‘Saudi Arabia and Britain: Cradle of the Arab World,’ ‘Promoting our Prosperity,’ ‘Saudi Arabia is Changing,’ ‘Protecting Our Peoples’ and ‘International Engagement’.

    The home page of the website says: “Britain and Saudi Arabia have been allies for over a century dating back to the First World War. The United Kingdom was one the first nations to both recognize the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and form diplomatic relations, and when Saudi Arabia opened its embassy in London in 1930 it was only their second official foreign affairs body overseas. Ibn Saud, the founder and first Monarch of Saudi Arabia was granted a knighthood in the Order of the Bath in 1935.

    “On 7th March 2018, Britain’s relationship with one of our oldest friends in the Middle East will begin a new chapter with the visit of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.”

    http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/...eates-special-webpage-for-Crown-Princes-visit





    If they are "my master" (LOL), it is more accurate to claim that KSA is your master.
     
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    Bow down! They are your masters your creators hahahaha
     
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    :yes4: There would be no Kingdom if there was no WW1
    I don't think house of Saud was in power for majority of Arabian history


    They were outcast and were forced to flee and live in Kuwait at one part of their history
    Shuned and forced to flee to Kuwait for safety. But after so decades they made a relclaim of land

    Clan war in Arabia desert was common

    I am tracking you House of Saud closely

    Animosity between house of Saud and few internal clans go long distance
     
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    Saudi prince visiting George Washington grave, father of American freemason community.

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    Apparently Saudi believes in visiting tombs but the case of their religion and their Qibla is a bit different.

    MBS says hello to Queen Elizabeth whose grand mother helped tribe of Saudi to invade and occupy holy Hijaz. Indeed they have an specialized relation not only diplomatic but also religious relation.
     
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    Saudi royal family are Jews:

    www.shoah.org.uk/2012/08/19/saudi-royal-family-is-jewish-king-and-prince-are-all-jew

    Kuffar British agents:


    After that, he felt satisfied and safe to make Al-Diriya his permanent home. There he practiced polygamy at a wide scale, and indeed, he begot a lot of children whom he gave pure Arab names.

    Ever since his descendants grew up in number and power under the same name of Saudi Clan, they have followed his steps in practicing under ground activities and conspiracies against the Arab nation. They illegally seized rural sectors and farmlands and assassinated every person who tried to oppose their evil plans. They used all kinds of deceit for reaching their goals; they bought the conscience of their dissidents; they offered their women and money to influential people in that area, particularly those who started to write the true biography of that Jewish family; they bribed the writers of history in order to purify their ignominious history, and to make their lineage related to the most prominent Arab tribes such as Rabi’a, Anza, and Al Masaleekh.

    A conspicuous hypocrite in our era, whose name is Mohammad Amin Al Tamimi- Director/Manager of the contemporary Libraries of the Saudi Kingdom, made up a genealogical tree (family tree) for this Jewish family (the Saudis), connecting them to our Great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). For his false work, he received a reward of 35 thousand Egyptian pounds from the then Saudi Ambassador to Cairo, Egypt, in the year 1362 A.H.-1943 A.D. The name of that Ambassador is Ibrahim Al-Fadel.

    As aforementioned, the Jewish ancestor of the Saudi family, (Mordakhai), practiced polygamy by marrying a lot of Arab women and begot many children; his polygamous practice is, at the present time, being carried out “to the letter” by his descendants; they cling to his martial heritage!

    One of Mordakhai’s sons called Al-Maraqan, arabized from the Jewish root Mack-ren, begot a son called Mohammad, then another son called Saud, which is the name of the present day Saudi Dynasty.

    Descendants of Saud (the present day Saudi Family) started a campaign of assassination of the prominent leaders of the Arab Tribes under the pretence that those leaders were apostates; renegading from the Islamic Religion, and deserting their Qur’aanic doctrines; so they deserved the Saudi condemnation and slaughter!

    In the History Book of the Saudi Family pages 98-101, their private family historian declares that the Saudi dynasty considers all people of Najd blasphemous, so their blood must be shed, their properties confiscated, and their females taken as concubines; no Muslim is authentic in his/her belief unless he/she belongs (affiliates) to the sect of Mohammad bin Abdul Wahab (whose origins are also Jewish from Turkey.) His doctrines give authority to the Saudi Family to destroy villages with all their inhabitants-males including children, and to sexually assault their women; stab the bellies of the pregnant, and cut off the hands of their children, then burn them! They are further authorized by such a brutal doctrine to plunder all the properties of which they call renegades (not following their Wahabi sect.)
    Their hideous Jewish family has, in fact, done all that kind of atrocities in the name of their false religious sect (the Wahabi), which has actually been invented by a Jew so as to sow the seeds of terror in the hearts if people in towns and villages. This Jewish Dynasty has been committing such brutal atrocities ever since 1163 A.H. They have named the whole Arabian Peninsula after their family name (Saudi Arabia) as if the whole region is their own personal real estate, and that all other inhabitants are their mere servants or slaves, toiling day and night for the pleasure of their masters (The Saudi Family.)

    They are completely holding the natural wealth of the country as their own property. If any poor person from the common people raises his/her voice complaining against any of the despotic rules of this Jewish Dynasty, the Dynasty cuts off his/her head in the public square. A princess of theirs once visited Florida, USA, with her retinue; she rented 90 (ninety) Suite rooms in a Grand Hotel for about One Million dollars a night! Can anyone of her subjects comment about that extravagant event? If he/she does, his/her fate is quite known: DEATH WITH THE EDGE OF THE SAUDI SWORD IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE!!!!!

    WITNESSES ON THE JEWISH ANCESTRY OF THIS SAUDI FAMILY:

    In the 1960′s the “Sawt al Arab ” Broadcasting Station in Cairo, Egypt, and the Yemen Broadcasting Station in Sana’a confirmed the Jewish ancestry of the Saudi family.

    King Faisal Al-Saud at that time could not deny his family’s kindred with the Jews when he declared to the Washington Post on Sept.17, 1969 stating: “We, the Saudi Family, are cousins of the Jews: we entirely disagree with any Arab or Muslim Authority which shows any antagonism to Jews; but we must live together with them in peace. Our country (Arabia) is the fountain head from where the first Jew sprang, and his descendants spread out all over the world.” That was the declaration of King Faisal Al-Saud bin Abdul Aziz!!!

    Hafez Wahbi, the Saudi legal advisor, mentioned in his book entitled “The Peninsula of Arabia” that King Abdul Aziz A-Saud, who died in 1953, had said: “Our message (Saudi Massage) encountered the opposition of all Arab Tribes. My grandfather, Saud Awal, once imprisoned a number of the Sheikhs of Matheer Tribe; and when another group of the same tribe came to intercede for the release of the prisoners, Saud Awal gave orders to his men to cut off the heads of all the prisoners, then, he wanted to humiliate and derogate the interceders by inviting them to eat from a banquet he prepared from the cooked flesh of his victims whose cut off heads he place in the top of the food platters! The interceders became so alarmed and declined to eat the flesh of their relatives, and, because of their refusal to eat, he ordered his men to cut off their heads too. That hideous crime was committed by that self imposed king to innocent people whose guilt was their opposition to his most cruel and extremely despotic rules.

    Hafez Wahbi states further that King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud related that bloody true story to the Sheikhs of the Matheer Tribs, who visited him in order to intercede for their prominent leader at that time, Faisal Al Darweesh, who was the king’s prisoner. He related that story to them in order to prevent them from interceding for the release of their Sheikh; otherwise, they would meet the same fate; he killed the Sheikh and used his blood as an ablution liquid from him just before he stood up for his prayer (after the false sect doctrine of the Wahabi). The guilt of Faisal Darweesh at that time was that he had criticized King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud when the king signed the document which the English Authorities prepared in 1922 as a declaration for giving Palestine to the Jews; his signature was obtained in the conference held at Al Aqeer in 1922.

    That was and still is the system of this regime of the Jewish family) (Saudi Family). All its goals are: plundering the wealth of the country, robbing, falsifying, and committing all kinds of atrocity, iniquity, and blasphemy-all are executed in compliance with their self invented Wahabi Sect which legalizes the chopping of the heads of their opposing subjects.
     
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    You are confusing Pakistan with KSA, I am afraid.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unification_of_Saudi_Arabia

    You have obviously never heard about the First and Second Saudi State or the Emirate of Najd and Hasa, the Sultanate of Najd or the Kingdom of Najd and Hijaz.

    Not my problem. Obviously there were other dynasties at the same time in what makes up modern-day KSA, however the House of Saud ruled substantial parts of KSA 150 years before the Brits had a say/even remote influence in the Muslim world.

    More Farsi retardation from our two resident trolls that work in tandem.

    "Freemasons", "Jews" etc. With such dumb "enemies" it is no wonder that one failed and sanctioned entity is stagnating and another is developing at a rapid speed.

    May MbS create more butthurt whoever he travels and wherever billions worth of mutual trade deals are signed. From China to the West and everything in between.
     
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    After fatf i think you are even losing support in Pakistan
     
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    Bow down! It's good for you to worship Britain's because everyone knows that you are weak.simply weak! Hahahaha
     
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    Even if we assume that you are right (which you are not) I think that a country like KSA, will be more than fine. Trust me on that one. We don't lack partners or economic, political or religious etc. clout. Last time I checked Pakistan is more reliant on KSA than the other way around. Nor is 70 years of relationship going to end because a few wannabe Islamist keyboard warriors are barking on an online forum while their own politicians and head of states are meeting Western politicians likewise, including their beloved Erdogan and Qatari emir, Iranian Mullah representatives etc.

    I don't want to embarrass you completely due to you barking at your home (Pakistan forum) but obviously your comments only showcase your stupidity for all too see (educated people). Once again not my problem either.
     
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    No harm in meeting...it is diplomacy.
     
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    its more the realisation that SA is about as usefully as a prostitute without a vagina and about as loyal as a prostitute with a vagina
     
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    I know it hurts.you can never change your identify.no matter where you worship,you will remain the house of Jews.
     
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