"They criticize us for a war in Yemen that we did not want, that was imposed on us, that is a just war", he said.
The Crown Prince is credited with kick-starting domestic reforms in the ultra-conservative desert kingdom such as the upcoming lifting of the ban on women driving and the re-opening of commercial cinemas after 35 years as well as tackling corruption within the government and the ruling Al Saud family. The Save the Children charity protested the visit by installing a statue of a child near parliament "to draw attention to the violence that is being fuelled, in part, by British-made bombs". A Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in Yemen in 2015 and critics say Riyadh has been using British-supplied weapons in devastating strikes. After 2015, there is an increase of nearly 500% in the sale of British weapons to Saudi Arabia. As the British government officials have pointed out, this has in turn supported "tens of thousands" of United Kingdom jobs.
She opined that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's overseas visits amounts to a last reconnaissance trip to find out whether Saudi Aramco should do the IPO in London, New York or Hong Kong.
Saudi Arabia is striving to achieve real female empowerment, especially in the workplace, going beyond recent changes that allowed women to drive cars for the first time, said the country's energy minister.
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But as Britain rolled out the red carpet for his visit, many people were furious about the visit considering Saudia Arabia's role in the war in Yemen and the country's human rights record. May responded that her relationship with Prince Mohammed had already helped alleviate the humanitarian crisis by convincing him to ease Saudi blockades of ports in Yemen during a meeting in December.
Despite the demonstrations, however, British officials said they hoped to capitalise on the Saudi economy's opening up.
Coinciding with the crown prince's visit to Britain, the Saudi-British Joint Business Council announced initiatives to grow two-way trade in technology, cybersecurity and investment.
"The prime minister raised our deep concerns at the humanitarian situation in Yemen".
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It has laid the cornerstone for a long term mutual beneficial relationship Britain and sets out an ambition to build 65 billion pounds ($90.29 billion) of trade and investment ties in coming years.
May defended herself when questioned by her political opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, at the weekly "Prime Minister's Questions" session in parliament.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been heavily criticised by some politicians and campaigners, who have accused him of funding extremism in the United Kingdom and carrying out human-rights abuses domestically and in Yemen.
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