Red carpet, and protests, greet Saudi crown prince in Britain

Red carpet, and protests, greet Saudi crown prince in Britain

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman outside 10 Downing Street in London.

The Crown Prince, 32, met Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at RAF Northolt ahead of his return to the desert kingdom.

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"This is a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner".

On Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May and the crown prince reached an agreement created to generate $90 million in trade and investment between the two countries.

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"We are committed to supporting the Kingdom as it modernizes the Saudi Armed Forces and develops key industrial capabilities critical to the delivery of Vision 2030".

Sky News Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the memorandum of intent still required the details to be ironed out before a final contract is signed, but he added: "You wouldn't expect things to go backwards now though".

BAE secured agreement to sell 24 Typhoons and six Hawk jets to Qatar in September past year.

Before his visit, the 32-year-old Crown Prince talked about the importance of security ties between between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

"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 the House of Commons.

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The UK government has faced criticism from opposition leaders and campaigners about selling military hardware to Saudi Arabia during the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

But such close ties have displeased some, particularly regarding Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen.

"We're all concerned about the appalling humanitarian situation in Yemen", May said, adding she meant to raise "concerns about human rights when I meet him".

The Eurofighter Typhoon is the most important combat aircraft in BAE Systems' portfolio, accounting for almost a third of the unit's sales in 2016.

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