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Saudi Arabia

Asked if the Prime Minister would be calling off his meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia, the PMS said that the Prime Minister’s meeting would go ahead as planned. As the PMS had said that morning, Saudi Arabia was one of the UK’s important international partners and the Government saw the visit as being an opportunity to deepen and broaden that relationship. The Foreign Office had held their UK-Saudi Arabia Two Kingdoms dialogue today, where issues including peace and security in the Middle East and the countries shared determination to fight terrorism were raised.

Whilst the Government had raised concerns with Saudi Arabia, it was also necessary to recognize the developments that were underway in that country. Asked if the meeting was not called off, would the Prime Minister raise the issue of civil liberties and human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, the PMS said that people would have to wait for the meeting to take place.

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