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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Crown Prince to promote business links and meet PM again on second day of UK visit

Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London will see him travel to Chequers, Theresa May’s country residence.

Following meetings with Queen Elizabeth II and Theresa May on Wednesday, the second day of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London will see him travel to Chequers, Mrs May’s country residence, for another meeting with the prime minister, after a business conference in the heart of the City.

The 16th-century manor house, situated 60 kilometres northwest of London in the county of Buckinghamshire, is provided for the use of the British prime minister. Mrs May is planning to use the occasion to further press her concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, according to her spokesman.

Earlier on Thursday, he will attend a business conference at Mansion House, an iconic venue in the centre of Britain’s financial capital, which will feature leading Saudi businesses and ministers, with British companies hungry to seal deals and participate in the Vision 2030 strategy.

On Wednesday night, the Crown Prince had his second encounter with British royalty, attending a dinner with Prince Charles and Prince Harry.

It was announced late on Wednesday night by the British Department for International Development (DfID) that the UK and Saudi Arabia were working together to help alleviate poverty in drought and conflict-stricken countries.

The partnership is the first of its kind between DfID and the Saudi Fund for Development and will see British and Saudi experts working together in the Horn and East of Africa.

International development secretary Penny Mordaunt praised the Saudi Fund for having “a long record of investing in successful development projects around the world. We are sharing the best of British expertise, and our collective efforts will help create jobs and livelihoods to support the poorest people to stand on their own two feet. This in turn will help to boost global prosperity which is in all our interests.”

During the meeting, the UK noted that it was encouraged by the easing of restrictions in Yemen which were beginning to ensure vital food and other supplies were getting through Hodeidah and Saleef ports to those in need.