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Demonstrators to gather outside Downing Street as Mohammad bin Salman begins UK visit

Outside Downing Street protesters organised by the Campaign Against Arms Trade are expected to gather.

Despite some criticism from politicians on the left and anti-war campaigners to the visit, the overall message is clear - both Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom will stand to benefit from a closer relationship with each other rather than drifting apart.

British officials were privately delighted at the decision by Prince Mohammed, 32, to choose Britain as the major Western destination on his first foreign trip since becoming heir to the Saudi throne past year.

But when Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud meets Theresa May, the demonstrators will protest against the role of the two countries in Yemen, where the war has killed about 10,000 people, 8.3 million people depend on food aid, and 400,000 children suffer from life-threatening levels of malnutrition.

The war has reached an effective stalemate.

"We are all concerned about the appalling humanitarian situation in Yemen and the effect that it is having on people, particularly women and children", she told Parliament.

During a one-hour visit to Lambeth Palace, the Crown Prince was shown a selection of early Christian, Muslim, and Jewish texts from the Palace Library, and met the Archbishop privately. Later Wednesday Prince Mohammed was due to be hosted for dinner by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, with Prince William among the guests.

Analysts say Saudi Arabia has become deeply suspicious of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since his decision to back Qatar in its dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

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"We're here to challenge the link between the British government and the Saudi regime, which has created the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today in Yemen", Bell said at the scene.

Labour MP, Chris Williamson, said that Saudi Arabia has breached human rights not only with its military operations in the region but also with its domestic policies.

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"As she [May] makes her arms sales pitch, will she also call on the crown prince to halt the shocking abuse of human rights in Saudi Arabia?" he said.

"What Jeremy is talking about is the direct advice that is being given in the operations rooms by British military personnel about aerial targeting..."

However, Royal Air Force (RAF) officers are based with the Saudi-led coalition in Riyadh and the British Army has provided training to Saudi ground forces.

Mohammed bin Salman arrived in the United Kingdom on Tuesday night, and is expected to spend three days in the country.

The demonstration was organised by Avaaz, a civic platform that among other causes promotes human rights.

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