Britain’s prime minister says that he plans to satisfy with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the “earliest alternative,’’ after a U.Ok. newspaper reported that officers from each international locations hoped to schedule a gathering between the 2 leaders befor…
ByThe Related Press
August 17, 2023, 10:35 AM
LONDON — Britain’s prime minister stated Thursday that he deliberate to satisfy with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the “earliest alternative,’’ after a U.Ok. newspaper reported that officers from each international locations hoped to schedule a gathering between the 2 leaders earlier than the top of the yr in London.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s workplace stated he spoke with the Saudi chief on Thursday to debate creating commerce and funding hyperlinks between the 2 international locations and strengthening cooperation on protection and safety.
“The prime minister and crown prince stated they’d proceed working carefully collectively to progress U.Ok.-Saudi cooperation and appeared ahead to assembly in individual on the earliest alternative,” Sunak’s workplace stated in an announcement.
A gathering within the United Kingdom can be the crown prince’s first go to to the nation since dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed contained in the Saudi Consulate in 2018 in Istanbul, which U.S. intelligence businesses say was ordered by Prince Mohammed. The slaying drew condemnation from international locations world wide, together with Britain.
The Occasions of London, citing unidentified sources within the British authorities, reported Thursday that authorities have been working to schedule a gathering earlier than the top of the yr, although it stated no date had been set.