UK to focus on areas of agreement as Saudi crown prince arrives

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The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, will arrive in the UK on Wednesday for what is effectively a state visit that will include lunch with the Queen, dinner with the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, a day at the prime minister’s rural retreat Chequers, and attendance at a meeting of the UK national security council.

The trip, which also takes in stops in Cairo and New York, is the prince’s first foreign tour as heir to the Saudi throne and is seen as his chance to project the kingdom as a reforming youthful society determined to take up its status as a major G20 economic power.

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