British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday as activists protested Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen's humanitarian crisis.
"The doubling of executions under the new Crown Prince reveals that, beneath his glossy public image, Mohammed bin Salman is one of the most brutal leaders in the Kingdom's recent history", director, Maya Foa, said.
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He affirmed that Saudi Arabia and Britain are strategic allies, highlighting programs of mining and oil cooperation. Around 200 demonstrators also lined up outside Downing Street, where the crown prince visited May.
May responded that her relationship with Prince Mohammed had already helped alleviate the humanitarian crisis by convincing him to ease Saudi blockades of ports in Yemen during a meeting in December.
Later this month, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman will also visit the United States.
An Egyptian newspaper has quoted bin Salman as describing Iran and Turkey as part of a "triangle of evil" in region, during a visit to Cairo on his first foreign trip since becoming heir to the Saudi Kingdom past year.
Iran responded by calling the Saudi crown prince "immature" and "weak-minded".
Photographs posted online showed London taxis displaying advertising graphics welcoming PrinceMohammed, and electronic billboards around the capital promoted pro-Saudi messages with the hashtag #anewsaudiarabia.
Saudi Arabia is the main player in a coalition supporting the Yemeni government against the Houthis in a war which has caused a humanitarian catastrophe.
Business deals are possible with British defense group BAE Systems and European weapons maker MBDA, and initial agreements could be concluded on gas exploration, petrochemicals and other industries, according to British and Saudi sources.
During Prime Minister's Questions, the Prime Minister said that the Government was increasing aid to Yemen and was engaging with the Saudi government over ending the war.
The three-day visit will include a second royal meeting - dinner with Prince Charles and Prince William, a briefing with national security officials and a prestigious visit to the Premier's residence.
Since the beginning of the Saudi military campaign in Yemen in 2015, Britain has sold at least $6.4 billion worth of weaponry to the Kingdom.
He is also due to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, who said she would raise concerns about human rights during talks at 10 Downing St.