United Kingdom defence giant announces Saudi deal for 48 fighter jets

United Kingdom defence giant announces Saudi deal for 48 fighter jets

United Kingdom defence giant announces Saudi deal for 48 fighter jets

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a private meeting Thursday with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, where he made a "strong commitment" to interfaith dialogue, the archbishop's office said.

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

Amnesty International UK's Director Kate Allen slammed the agreement, saying, "Selling more fighter planes to a country leading a military coalition that is already laying waste to homes, hospitals and schools in Yemen, is just adding fuel to a humanitarian fire".

A final deal would not resurrect those jobs, the company said, but would provide continuing employment to 5,000 people working on the Typhoons....

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, arrived in Riyadh on Saturday returning from the United Kingdom where he paid a three-day visit, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

Mohammed bin Salman's visit marked by protests against devastating war in Yemen and blockade of Qatar.

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Prime Minister May defended the two countries' defence ties on Wednesday, saying all arms sales were strictly regulated. About 200 had lined up outside the gates of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday to greet the Saudi leader.

But the war he launched in Yemen has tarnished his image as a reformer and moderate.

The war is being led by bin Salman, also Saudi Arabia's defense minister, with the help of the United States and the UK.

However, opposition MPs and people in the aid sector have slammed the deal due to Saudi Arabia's ongoing military operations in war-torn starvation hit Yemen, the Guardian reported.

Downing Street said the framed document was originally created by Queen Victoria's consul general in Jeddah in 1880. It has increased its weapons sales by around 500 percent since March 2015, The Independent reported last November. The military equipment sold to the kingdom ever since, including warplanes, precision-guided bombs, and missiles, are worth more than $6.4 billion.

James Denselow, the head of humanitarian policy and advocacy for Save the Children, said that despite glowing appraisals from Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom foreign secretary, Saudi Arabia had precipitated "a humanitarian disaster".

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