Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Debates Counter-Terrorism Efforts With Saudi Crown Prince

Yemen blames UAE for 'blockade' on ships carrying government wages Yemen says UAE bars ships carrying gov't cash
Kenny Thornton | 06 March, 2018, 22:18

Saudi Arabia's crown prince will first visit PM Theresa May to discuss terrorism, extremism and the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Nevertheless, the British government is keen to use the trip to expand their longstanding alliance beyond defence and security, and into two-way trade and investment, eyeing both an expanded market in Saudi Arabia for service sector exports, and attracting Saudi cash to finance domestic projects.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, concluded on Tuesday a three-day official visit to Egypt.

The Saudi prince and United Kingdom top officials will also review key bilateral and regional issues including Syria and Yemen, Iran's role in the region, and the role of the worldwide coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS).

The mega-city is only one of Saudi Arabia's numerous plans under its Vision 2030 growth strategy, in which it aims to diversify its industries and lean away from its reliance on its depleting oil resources.

Which explains why Prince Mohammed is going out of his way to stress the importance of the UK-Saudi relationship during this week's visit to Britain.

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"We believe that Saudi Arabia needs to be part of the global economy", Prince Mohammed told me.

"They criticise us for the casualties in Yemen when it was imposed on us by the Houthis".

He said Nigeria also requires support from other countries in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, especially in the provision of military hardware, intelligence sharing and in the area training.

Extremists and the terrorists are linked through "spreading their agenda", he said, adding: "We need to work together to promote moderate Islam".

As Egypt tries to keep a lid on any internal unrest, it has sided firmly with Saudi Arabia on key foreign policy issues including the face-off between the Sunni kingdom and its Shi'ite foe Iran.

When he arrives in London on Wednesday, Prince Mohammed will be received as head-of-state-in-waiting, and will travel to Windsor Castle for a dinner with the Queen.

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