Show us respect or ties will suffer, Saudi ambassador tells Britain
By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) – Stung by criticism in Britain of his country’s human rights record, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in London threatened “potentially serious repercussions” for the two countries’ relationship unless a more respectful discourse developed. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy which has faced strong criticism from human rights groups and some western governments for its restrictive laws on political and religious expression and the status of Saudi women. The comments by Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz come after London canceled a prison contract with Riyadh in what was widely seen as a reaction to a death penalty case and another involving an elderly Briton who faces 350 lashes.
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