European Tour golf event in Saudi Arabia in 2019

  • European Tour golf event in Saudi Arabia in 2019

European Tour golf event in Saudi Arabia in 2019

On the last day of a visit by the Saudi crown prince, Britain approved the sale of 48 highly advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia on Friday, brushing aside calls for an embargo over the kingdom's role in Yemen's civil war.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Thursday in London, the third day of the prince's visit to Britain which has seen him greeted warmly despite mounting concerns over Saudi Arabia's stance on human rights.

BAE confirmed the news in a statement, saying: "This is a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner".

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

"We are committed to supporting the Kingdom as it modernises the Saudi Armed Forces and develops key industrial capabilities".

Saudi Arabia already has 72 Typhoon jets.

The meeting was attended by the military delegation accompanying the Crown Prince and senior officials of the British Ministry of Defense.

Before his visit, the 32-year-old Crown Prince talked about the importance of security ties between between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia plans to borrow about $31billion this year to bridge an expected budget deficit of $52 billion and fund growth plans after its economy shrank last year, mainly due to low oil prices.

Those pesky activists were waiting outside Downing Street, angry over Saudi Arabia's continued war against neighboring Yemen.

"The Prime Minister and Crown Prince agreed on the importance of full and unfettered humanitarian and commercial access, including through the ports, and that a political solution was ultimately the only way to end the conflict and humanitarian suffering in Yemen".

The 32-year-old crown prince has shaken up his deeply conservative country, pushing through dramatic social reforms, including allowing women to drive, and waging a massive crackdown that the ruling family says went after corruption, but critics say simply targeted his political foes.