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Mohammad bin Salman, 'real evil' in region: Iranian official

10 March 2018

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is in town today for a three-day state visit with a charm offensive from the British government and royal family.

Corbyn said British military advisers were "directing the war" in Yemen.

Since the Saudi-led military intervention started in Yemen in March 2015, the Arab world's poorest country has found itself on the brink of a devastating humanitarian crisis, with at least 10,000 people killed.

During Prime Minister's Questions, the Prime Minister said that the Government was increasing aid to Yemen and was engaging with the Saudi government over ending the war.

She underlined her government's support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, noting that the campaign has been supported by the UN Security Council.

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"The outcome of that has been significant and extensive of targeting of civilian infrastructure and very large numbers of civilian casualties, including very large numbers of children".

"Short term arms sales profit should not be valued above human rights and we should not be giving more practical and PR support to the Saudi regime after we've already licensed almost 5bn worth of arms since the Yemen war began", Turner told Al Jazeera. Targeting of civilian infrastructure, hospitals and schools, which has happened on a large scale.

Whereas the Saudi government claim their campaign is aimed at restoring the government of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, reports of civilian casualties have provoked uproar, particularly in regards to ongoing and abundant supplies of both USA and United Kingdom weapons to the Saudi coalition.

Theresa May and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince are believed to have used talks in Downing Street yesterday to lay plans for a £65 billion trade and investment package.

The persecution charity Open Doors ranks Saudi Arabia as the 12th worst country in the world to be a Christian.

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Lambeth PalaceThe archbishop of Canterbury held a private meeting with Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Thursday morning.

Asked whether Bin Salman should have been invited to the U.K., May said the two countries had a historic relationship and one which had helped to potentially save hundreds of British lives - presumably because of anti-terrorism intelligence shared between the countries.

Mrs May she would raise the issue of human rights but has also defended Britain's role in supplying arms and training military forces. "They won't even suspend arms sales for serious investigation into breaches in worldwide humanitarian law". Later Wednesday Prince Mohammed was due to be hosted for dinner by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, with Prince William among the guests.

In the United Kingdom for his first trip to a Western capital since taking over the reins, he has a meeting with the PM in her Chequers country home on Thursday and met a clutch of senior Cabinet ministers in Downing Street.

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Mohammad bin Salman, 'real evil' in region: Iranian official