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U.K. Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Saudi PR Offensive, Labour Says

Billboards showing advertisements for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the U.K. on March 7.

Billboards showing advertisements for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the U.K. on March 7.

Photographer: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The U.K. shouldn’t be blinded to the failings of Saudi Arabia by the charm offensive surrounding the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the opposition Labour Party’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, Emily Thornberry, warned.

The prince is due to dine with Queen Elizabeth II and meet with senior ministers and officials during his three-day visit to London. He has questions to answer about Saudi involvement in the civil war in Yemen, funding for fighters in Syria and human rights at home, Thornberry said Wednesday in a Bloomberg TV interview.