THE UK AND SAUDI ARABIA ARE SET TO AGREE ON CLOSER TIES IN AREAS INCLUDING DEFENCE, SECURITY, INTELLIGENCE AND TRADE.
The British Prime Minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance commerce with the biggest Arab economic system regardless of its ‘human rights abuses’ in Yemen.
Theresa May says it’s within the nationwide curiosity to have good relations with Saudi Arabia regardless of its controversial human rights file.
The PM began her two day journey by assembly with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to to debate methods to strengthen bilateral relations and guarantee sturdy ties with the dominion because the UK prepares to go away the European Union.
She is predicted to fulfill King Salman on Wednesday.
Press TV experiences: London is looking for to turn out to be a number one companion of the monarchy in its Vision 2030 program, underneath which the Saudi leaders search to scale back reliance on oil exports, rent extra girls and enhance their tradition.
Reforming the Saudi conflict machine, serving to the dominion diversify its economic system and cut back its reliance on oil are a number of the areas May is predicted to debate with Salman.
“These new partnerships, on defense and security, trade and the economy, education, healthcare, culture and sport, evidence the breadth and depth of the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia,” stated May.
The prime minister additionally expressed her authorities’s full help for the Vision 2030, calling it “ambitious.”
Both the UK and Saudi Arabia have supported extremist militant teams which have been waging an wars in opposition to the governments of Iraq and Syria over the previous few years.
Britain has been one of many greatest suppliers of weapons to Riyadh for 40 years, offering the Saudi rulers with superior weapons all through the dominion’s ruthless conflict on Yemen, which has left hundreds of ladies and kids useless.
The UK exported greater than £6.5 billion in items and providers to Saudi Arabia in 2015, making it Britain’s largest buying and selling companion within the Middle East.
Before heading to Saudi Arabia, May sought comparable goals in Jordan. She mentioned terrorism and enlargement of mutual ties with the nation with the dominion’s monarch, King Abdullah II.
In response to criticism about London’s silence over the Saudi aggression in opposition to Yemen, May defended the British relationship with Saudi Arabia and stated she had no drawback mentioning the nation’s human rights file through the journey.
Complicity in Saudi crimes
Speaking to Press TV on Tuesday, Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, warned that May’s plans to increase ties with Riyadh would make her an confederate within the Yemen conflict.
“Her policy is to turn a blind eye to a genocide in Yemen and the promotion of Wahhabism/terrorism across the world for the sake of her country’s economic future,” she added. “It is a non-argument… because you can’t base growth or even the future of the country on war crimes.”
Shakdam famous that since May was not “picked by the people,” her actions didn’t mirror the need of the British individuals both.
The analyst additionally argued that May’s plans suited the Riyadh regime’s coverage of lobbying and “buying out” the Western nations’ silence by profitable offers with a view to ahead its personal plans within the area.
“It is very difficult for anyone looking at this and not realize that we have reached a tipping point where it is not about politics anymore, it is about right and wrong, ” Shakdam concluded.