Crown Prince Bin Salman’s UK Visit Postponed Due To Possible Protests
officials in Riyadh are concerned over possible protests and critical media coverage of the Crown Prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first UK visit is set to be delayed, amid reports that officials in Riyadh are concerned over possible protests and critical media coverage of the young royal, Middle East Eye can reveal.

The Saudis Crown Prince has already enjoyed high profile meetings with the US President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other world leaders. Next month it will be the Prime Minister playing host.

The three-day visit of bin Salman, who is the chief sponsor of the three yearlong Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen, was due to go ahead this month, but MEE understands his visit has been pushed back to 7 March after officials expressed unease over negative media coverage and the prospects of protests over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and role in the ongoing Yemen civil war.

During the ongoing war in Yemen, thousands of people were killed by the Saudi-led coalition which created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. The destruction of vital infrastructure has caused the worst outbreak of cholera with over one million people having been infected by the deadly disease.

Later in 2007, the late Saudi King Abdullah Al Saud visited the UK while there were widespread protests and a state dinner was also boycotted by opposition politics.

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While bin Salman’s visit is not a state visit and will be less formal, but protests are expected in London as activists seek to draw attention to the Saudi role in the Yemen crisis, the largest man-made disaster in the world, according to the UN.

The Saudi-imposed blockade having stopped food and medical supplies from entering Yemen. Aid has not been able to reach the millions of Yemenis in need. Although some relief over recent months, over 20 million Yemenis have been left in need of humanitarian assistance.

Bin Salman’s ruthlessness has not just been on display in Yemen, but also in Riyadh, where he has overseen one of the most extensive crackdowns in recent years.

Earlier in November 2017, over 300 princes, government ministers and businessmen were taken to the 52 acre-site and locked-up for interrogation as part of what was claimed to be a major anti-corruption probe.

Since the start of the Yemen war, the UK has licensed more than $6.4bn in weapons, including fighter jets, bombs, and missiles to Saudi forces and the two countries signed a major defence agreement in September.

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