May to meet Saudi King Today

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Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Saudi ruler King Salman to cement trade and defence ties. Britain is also set to become a “leading partner” in the kingdom’s efforts to reform and modernise under its “Vision 2030” programme ….reports Asian Lite News

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Prime Minister Theresa May being received by Saudi leaders in Riyadh

Prime Minister Theresa May on a two day visit to Saudi Arabia will meet Saudi ruler King Salman today. The meeting is crucial for both the countries as May looking for better trade ties with the Arab kingdom to shore up the post-Brexit economy of Britain.

Saudi Arabia needs a strong western ally to defend its stance on the war with neighbouring Yemen. Human rights organisations are challenging the Saudi policy on Yemen. May met Crown Prince Prince Mohamad Bin Nayef and deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.

During the visit, the UK and Saudi Arabia are set to agree closer ties in areas including defence, security, intelligence and trade. Britain is also set to become a “leading partner” in the kingdom’s efforts to reform and modernise under its “Vision 2030” programme.
Saudi Arabia is planning to reduce its dependence on oil, boost the number of women in work and develop sectors such as health, education and culture.

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Prime Minister Theresa May with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia

The UK has agreed to help Saudi Arabia with “building a reformed ministry of defence, reviewing Saudi defence capabilities and joint working across the Saudi armed forces.”

“These new partnerships, on defence and security, trade and the economy, education, healthcare, culture and sport, evidence the breadth and depth of the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia,” said May prior to her visit.
“We are firm supporters of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, an ambitious blueprint for internal reform that aims to deliver greater inclusivity for all Saudi citizens, something we agree is essential to Saudi Arabia’s long-term stability and success.
“As a world leader across a range of sectors, the UK is well placed to help Saudi Arabia deliver these vital reforms.