Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom sign deals worth more than $2 billion

10 Marcha, 2018, 03:57 | Author: Arnold Perez
  • Members of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's delegation leave 10 Downing Street

BAE said the signing was "a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner".

The civil war in Yemen, which has been called the world's worst humanitarian crisis, has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 3 million in three years of fighting.

On Thursday, UK and Saudi entities signed more than 18 economic agreements worth more than £1.5xbillion, covering education, pharmaceuticals and banking.

Prince Mohammed's itinerary was largely private, including meetings with bankers, executives and lawmakers, and he did not speak publicly at any point during the trip.

No details of the meeting with Hammond have been released, but the Saudi energy minister confirmed the sale of the state-owned oil company, Aramco, will not go ahead this year.

The Prince's statement was made in an interview with the Egyptian edition of his visit to Cairo this week, which was his first trip overseas since he was named heir to the Saudi Throne a year ago.

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The deal, which is expected to save hundreds of jobs in the north of England, is the biggest prize of the visit to the United Kingdom by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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

In a fiery exchange with opposition lawmakers in parliament on Wednesday, May defended Britain's links to Saudi Arabia.

Demonstrators call attention to Saudi Arabia's poor human-rights record both at home and overseas.

"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", said Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

She also underlined her government's support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

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