Saudi Prince to travel London to deliver condolences on Queen’s death
Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Mohammed bin Salman will visit London to convey Saudi Arabia’s condolences to the royal family, according to a report by the Guardian. He might attend her memorial service at Westminster Abbey, although that wasn’t confirmed.
Due to their alleged participation in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, the UK has placed a number of penalties on individuals associated with the prince. After Khashoggi’s murder in October 2018, the Saudi crown prince, commonly known as MBS, will make his first trip to the UK this year.
Ahmed al-Asiri, the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence services, Saud bin Abdullah al-Qahtani, the crown prince’s advisor in the royal court, Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy, a forensic physician with the Saudi interior ministry, Mustafa al-Madani, a brigadier general and intelligence officer in Saudi Arabia, Naif Hassan al-Arifi, the first lieutenant for external intelligence,
There are worries that his attendance would provide a diversion from the Queen’s remembrance because some might object to him. His presence could’represent an unacceptable security hazard,’ according to some worries. There are no specifics on the crown prince’s weekend plans at this time.
The Saudi royal family and the UK royal family have a long history of friendship. In 2018, the MBS visited the Queen in London. King Charles III has made multiple trips to Saudi Arabia. The country that King Charles III has travelled to the most in West Asia is Saudi Arabia. He has made 12 trips to Saudi Arabia since 1967.
The charitable organisation of King Charles III has satellite offices in Riyadh, and the king became interested in learning Arabic as a result of his interest in Islam.
Dissidents and human rights activists who speak out against the government and the way it handles those who disagree with it are still subject to punishment in Saudi Arabia. The crown prince has maintained his denial that he knew about the attack on Khashoggi beforehand. A Saudi court revoked five death sentences in 2020 for those responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Eight of them received prison terms ranging from seven to twenty years.