Saudi Crown Prince Meets British Defense Secretary

Saudi Crown Prince Meets British Defense Secretary

Saudi Crown Prince , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud met Tuesday with British Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond and his accompanying delegation.

Discussions during the meeting dealt with bilateral cooperation and the means to boost it in the future as well as the latest regional and international developments.

Earlier this year the British government began an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK – a move that was credited to a Saudi request following a ban in the Islamic country.

In February Breitbart London reported that Britain had been overtaken in military spending by a Saudi Arabia empowered by United States military aid.

Military Balance 2014, produced by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think-tank, revealed that in 2013, the United Kingdom slipped into fifth place in the world rankings behind the United States, China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.

While Britain’s defence budget was reduced in recent years in line with “government austerity” measures, Saudi Arabia’s military spending was burnished by U.S. Foreign Military Assistance, meaning that in 2013, the UK spent just $57 billion against Saudi Arabia’s $59.6 billion.

News agencies contributed to this report