LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met the top of the Anglican church in London on Thursday, promising to advertise interfaith dialogue as a part of his home reforms, the British religion chief’s workplace mentioned.
Prince Mohammed is making an official go to to London to advertise Saudi Arabia as a tolerant, modernising economic system and construct a wider new commerce and funding relationship with Britain – a long-term defence and safety ally.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, religious chief of the Anglican Communion of hundreds of thousands of Christians globally, acquired the crown prince at Lambeth Palace in central London, the place the 2 talked for an hour.
“The Crown Prince made a strong commitment to promote the flourishing of those of different faith traditions, and to interfaith dialogue within the Kingdom and beyond,” a press release from Lambeth Palace mentioned.
“The Archbishop shared his concern about limits placed on Christian worship in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and highlighted the importance for leaders of all faiths to support freedom of religion or belief, drawing on the experience of the UK.”
The two males seen a choice of early texts from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths, together with fragments of a Koran manuscript found in a Birmingham University library in 2015, that are regarded as among the many world’s oldest.
Welby additionally “voiced his distress” on the humanitarian scenario in Yemen, the assertion mentioned. A Saudi-led coalition is preventing a struggle in Yemen through which 10,000 individuals have died and eight.three million individuals have been left depending on meals support.
Protests over the Yemen struggle have jarred with a heat welcome from the British government throughout the go to to London. On Wednesday Prince Mohammed met Queen Elizabeth for lunch and later agreed to spice up commerce ties by 65 billion kilos ($90.30 billion) in a gathering with Prime Minister Theresa May.
Earlier this week, Prince Mohammed met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral, because the Gulf Arab kingdom tries to shed its popularity as a global exporter of an ultra-conservative model of Islam which critics say has impressed Islamist militants worldwide.
Promoting a extra reasonable type of Islam is likely one of the extra bold guarantees made by Prince Mohammed underneath plans to remodel Saudi and cut back its reliance on oil.
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Reporting by William James, Editing by William Maclean