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Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Saudi Crown Prince, Sisi inaugurate newly-renovated Al-Azhar Mosque

Saudi Crown Prince, Sisi inaugurate newly-renovated Al-Azhar Mosque

The prince, who has overseen a series of domestic reforms and a crackdown on corruption since his appointment in June, will then travel on to meet President Donald Trump in Washington before taking his charm offensive to cities across the U.S. He stopped off in Egypt on his way to London.

"What you can expect her (May) to do is to raise our concerns at the humanitarian situation there", the spokesman told reporters.

The renovation works included the modernization of the infrastructure of the mosque and its internal and external facades, including the furniture and drainage system, along with ventilation and sound systems similar to those used at the two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia.

It also comes at a time when the crown prince seems to be reforming Saudi politics in some capacities.

"She will also reiterate how seriously we take allegations of violations against global humanitarian law and emphasise the need to ensure that these are investigated swiftly and thoroughly".

They also stressed the importance of supporting the political process to end the Syrian crisis in order to preserve the unity of the Syrian territory and achieve the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people in accordance with the Geneva 1 Declaration and Security Council resolution No. 2254.

He will hold talks with Mrs May and ministers in Downing Street and Chequers, and discuss security in the Middle East with the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, as well as intelligence experts.

In 2015, during a visit by King Salman to Cairo, the two countries agreed on the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, sparking protests in Egypt.

The crown prince, who is regarded as being heir presumptive to the 82-year old King Salman, is making his first visit to the United Kingdom since taking up the role last year.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday that Britain's planned exit from the European Union did not reduce its attractiveness as an investment destination, adding: "We think that Britain is one of the great powers".

The heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia has vowed to help Britain fight terrorism as he heads to London for a controversial three day visit.

Amnesty International UK's Director, Kate Allen, also said Britain should suspend arms exports to the country.

"He is a figurehead for one of the world's most authoritarian dictatorships", Andrew Smith, of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, said in an e-mailed statement.

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