The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, is due to visit the UK on 7 March 2018, at the invitation of the Prime Minister.
This visit will bring about a new era in bilateral relations focused on a partnership that delivers wide-ranging benefits for both the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It will allow the Government to enhance co-operation in tackling international challenges such as terrorism, extremism, regional issues in areas such as Iraq and Syria – and, of course, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
As you may know, Vision 2030, a programme of internal reforms, have been set in motion in Saudi Arabia by the Crown Prince. These include lifting the ban on women driving from June this year, opening up attendance at major sporting events to women and allowing cinemas to operate in the country. Vision 2030 aims to catalyse and open up the country's economy over the next 15 years, and will provide opportunities for British businesses to help support delivery in areas such as education, entertainment and healthcare, where they have world-class expertise.
By maintaining a good working relationship with the Crown Prince, the UK Government can support this important programme of reform and continue to have frank conversations with him and his officials on a range of issues, including the situation in Yemen.