Saudi Deputy Crown Prince holds talks with David Cameron in UK
Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef also met Prince Charles and several top UK officials
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed Bin Nayef held talks on Thursday with UK Prime Minister David Cameron in London.
Prince Bin Nayef is in the UK on an official visit and is accompanied by a high-level Saudi delegation, including several ministers, security and military chiefs.
Talks with Cameron focused on bolstering bilateral relations and discussing regional Mideast developments, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
Earlier in the day, Prince Bin Nayef held talks with Prince Charles. On Wednesday the Saudi deputy crown prince met with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.
On Tuesday the Saudi delegation held talks with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
Prime Minister Cameron said early this month that Saudi Arabia had helped save “potentially hundreds” of British lives in the fight against terrorism, defending his country’s long-standing relationship with the kingdom.
“We have a relationship with Saudi Arabia, partly over things like trying to achieve peace in the Middle East, but crucially over fighting terrorism ... I can tell you one time since I’ve been prime minister a piece of information that we have been given by that country has saved potentially hundreds of lives here in Britain,” Cameron told Sky News in an interview.
“There’s a long-standing relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and our United Kingdom, a relationship between our monarchs, a relationship between the governments,” he added.
Cameron also spoke of the importance of trading ties with the kingdom, particularly in the energy sector. “Britain needs to have relationships that we trade with, including those that we buy oil and gas from. We can’t make all our own oil and gas here in the UK," he said.