Saudis prep for WAR - Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

BREAKING: Saudis prep for WAR – Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

The Gulf kingdom signed a statement of intent on the final day of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the country.

The two parties discussed as well the promising opportunities in accordance with the Saudi Vision 2030, the developments in the Middle East and the world, and the efforts to combat terrorism.

The firm producing the jets, BAE Systems, employs 5,000 people in Britain.

The meeting was attended by the military delegation accompanying the Crown Prince and senior officials of the British Ministry of Defense. On Wednesday, hundreds turned out in London to protest arms sales and Saudi Arabia's role in the Yemen war.

Kevin Watkins, the chief executive of London-headquartered Save the Children, said, "It has become acceptable to operate humanitarian blockades which, if not explicitly created to starve children and harm children, will have that inevitable effect".

Bin Salman, who was in London from Wednesday until Friday, is regarded as the architect of Riyadh's three-year war on Yemen. More than 10,000 have been killed and more than eight million are at risk of starvation due to a Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports.

The two countries also said they had made trade deals worth more than $2 billion, without providing details.

During Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman three day visit to the United Kingdom he visited Downing Street, met the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury. He also met with the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge.

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.

Labour Liverpool Walton MP Dan Carden tweeted: 'Before signing any humanitarian partnership with Saudi Arabia the UK Government should have insisted on a full resolution to the Saudi-caused humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

But despite the comments, the arrival of MbS to the United Kingdom has been met with protests among the public.

While the British government was trying to welcome the Saudi crown prince with an unusual advertising blitz, anti-war activists and human rights campaigners were touring London with buses and vans for days, carrying banners accusing bin Salman of war crimes.

"The prince should be persecuted instead of being invited here and having the red carpet rolled out for him", one protester told The New Arab.

But such close ties have displeased some, particularly regarding Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen.

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