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Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 22:01

Since the crackdown on corruption, officials have been trying to assure global investors that their country is open for business.

"Will the prime minister use her meeting with the crown prince to halt arms sales and demand an immediate ceasefire?". "He will also want to solidify support for his tough anti-Iranian stance and try to win greater empathy for his boycott of Qatar".

He said: "She is not the sole holder of conscience in this place as we deal with the difficulties of trying to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, that is what we are seeking to do and we will bend all our efforts to that".

The chair of the Foreign Select Committee told LBC that the Saudi Crown Prince is changing things in the country and we should welcome that. "Our role must be to encourage him along this path", he wrote.

James Jones, the producer and director of "Saudi Arabia Uncovered", said it felt like the UK Government was "getting away with moral double standards": "We are incredibly grateful to Stewart McDonald for hosting the screening of the film".

British arms companies are some of the biggest suppliers of weapons to Saudi Arabia, and the British government has approved billions of pounds in export licenses over the past three years. We have not received any indication of how the company is likely to proceed with its global listing plan."The London Stock Exchange declined to comment, while the New York Stock Exchange did not immediately respond to a request for comment". London has been vying with NY for the listing but an announcement is not imminent, according to a person familiar with plans for the visit.

Banners promoting Saudi-U.K. links have appeared in London, where Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as he is known, arrived on Tuesday evening.

Where on one hand the United Kingdom government is making grand arrangements for his arrival, protesters are also gathering in the country to receive the prince not so welcomingly. "This visit is being done to legitimise a brutal dictatorship and to sell arms", CAAT Media Coordinator Andrew Smith said in a statement.

"It is time for Theresa May and her colleagues to end their shameful support for this appalling autocracy".

He will also meet Prime Minister Theresa May and Cabinet ministers in Downing Street on Wednesday, ahead of a bilateral summit at Chequers on Thursday and a special session with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson on Friday.

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Both countries sense an opportunity to broaden their existing relationship: Britain is looking for trading partners as it exits the European Union, and Saudi Arabia needs to convince sceptical investors about its domestic reforms.

To be sure, both London and NY are still in the running, but their requirement for greater disclosure of sensitive information on Aramco than the Hong Kong exchange is viewed as a drawback by some Saudi officials and advisers, the sources said.