Archbishop of Canterbury meets Saudi’s crown prince


The Archbishop of Canterbury has met Saudi Arabia’s top prince on the second day of his visit to the UK.

Justin Welby saw Mohammed bin Salman at Lambeth Country estate in London, as concern over Saudi Arabia’s role in the war in Yemen persist in to cause controversy.

Amnesty International UK said it hoped the archbishop had scratch concerns about human rights and the deaths of thousands of Yemini ratepayers.

The Saudi royal is due to hold further talks with Theresa May.

The convergence with the archbishop came after the crown prince visited Theresa May at Downing Byway someones cup of tea on Wednesday to lay out plans for a package of mutual trade and investment opportunities merit up to £65bn.

The prime minister also raised the situation in Yemen and is set to hold up further talks with the crown prince on events there and in Iran during a covertly dinner at her official country residence, Chequers, later on Thursday.

But Amnesty Cosmopolitan UK’s director Kate Allen said she hoped the archbishop used his rendezvous with Mohammed bin Salman «as an opportunity to personally communicate the church’s involves over the thousands of Yemini civilians killed and injured» in air strikes by a Saudi-led multinational coalition — resting with someone abandoned by the UK and US — that is battling the rebel Houthi movement.

«We also hope the archbishop was competent to express concern over the ongoing jailing of critics of the Saudi sway,» she said.

The first day of his visit saw the crown prince have an audience with the Queen consort, and dinner with the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge.

Yemen has been embroiled in a bloody refined war since 2015, when rebels took over the capital metropolis of Sanaa.

The crown prince has been the driving force behind a modernisation formulate, Vision 2030, in Saudi Arabia, but the reforms have been canned as a «mirage» by human rights campaigners.

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