Saudi crown prince greeted in Britain with pomp, protests

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The crown prince had lunch with the queen at Buckingham Palace ahead of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

"This is a significant boost for United Kingdom prosperity and a clear demonstration of the strong worldwide confidence in our economy as we prepare to leave the European Union".

Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after an egg was thrown at a police vehicle as bin Salman's motorcade arrived in Downing Street.

The 32-year-old crown prince will succeed to the throne when his 82-year-old father, King Salman, dies.

During the discussion Welby pressed concerns over restrictions on Christian worship in Saudi Arabia where converting away from Islam is punishable to death and non-Islamic places of worship are banned.

The British government is keen to develop a two-way trade and investment relationship, eyeing both an expanded market in Saudi Arabia for service sector exports, and attracting Saudi cash to finance domestic projects.

The prime minister praised Saudi's "ambitious reform program" and offered the U.K.'s support "to progress and intensify these reforms, particularly on women's rights, and on universal human rights", the Downing Street statement said.

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But foreign secretary Boris Johnson defended the UK's ties to Saudi Arabia, saying: 'The closer our relations the more able we will be, we believe, to influence the conduct of that war'.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Iran-allied rebels in Yemen since 2015 in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people and driven the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.

Protesters chanted "Hands off Yemen - stop the bombing now" and said the crown prince should not have been invited. "The link with Saudi Arabia we have is historic, it is an important one and it has saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people in this country" due to anti-terrorism cooperation, she told MPs. "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.

"Following the meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council, the prime minister and the crown prince received a briefing from United Kingdom national security officials on foreign policy issues, including Yemen", the spokesperson said.

In what his office described as a "cordial and honest conversation", the archbishop also voiced his concern over the Saudi-led military action in Yemen, which has been the cause of protests during the crown prince's British visit.

"They also discussed Iran, agreeing on the importance of working together to counter Iran's destabilizing regional activity, and Iraq, including the importance of supporting reconstruction efforts".

The Crown Prince is holding further talks with the PM at Chequers on Thursday, including a private dinner with Mrs May at her official country residence.

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