The U.K. is actually bending over backwards to welcome Saudi Arabia’s crown prince as he starts a three-day state visit aimed at deepening economic ties between the two countries.
Banners promoting Saudi-U.K. links have appeared in London, where Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as he is actually known, arrived on Tuesday evening.
He is actually due to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday along with dinner with Prince Charles along with the Duke of Cambridge, William, from the evening.
He is actually also due to meet Prime Minister Theresa May along with ministers, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, at the prime minister’s residence in Downing Street, Wednesday.
Meetings over the next three days are required to focus on defense, security along with economic ties, Downing Street said as in which issued more details of the crown prince’s visit.
The two countries are set to launch a “Strategic Partnership Council” aimed at fostering closer economic along with cultural relations, with billions of dollars worth of potential deals within the partnership.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s schedule on Wednesday:
- 12:30 p.m. — Queen Elizabeth II receives the crown prince at Buckingham Palace
- 3:45 p.m. — Crown prince arrives in Downing Street
- 4 p.m. — Bin Salman meets Theresa May
- Evening — Prince Charles along with Prince William host a dinner at Clarence House
His visit is actually the first to the U.K. since he became crown prince in June 2017 (he is actually also defense minister) along with since Saudi Arabia began its “major program of domestic reforms,” with the U.K. government hoping for deeper relations with the Middle Eastern superpower.