iz Truss has thanked the crown prince of Saudi Arabia for his assist securing the discharge of 5 Britons captured by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine of their first name since she took the reins in Downing Road.
The leaders additionally mentioned their nations’ “strategic partnership” on defence and power safety, whereas Ms Truss supplied the UK’s “continued encouragement for progress in Saudi Arabia’s home reforms”, in keeping with No 10.
In June, when she was overseas secretary, Ms Truss supplied a sturdy defence of British ties to Saudi Arabia, stressing that the world will not be “good”.
She was talking following the launch of talks on a recent commerce deal between the UK and 6 Gulf nations.
An try and foster higher relations with Saudi Arabia and different Gulf states is controversial, amid questions over their file on human rights.
A Downing Road spokesperson stated the Saudi crown prince additionally supplied his “honest condolences” on the dying of the Queen within the leaders’ first name with Ms Truss as PM on Monday afternoon.
“The Prime Minister thanked the crown prince for his private function in securing the discharge of 5 British detainees held by Russia-backed forces in japanese Ukraine final week, to the good reduction of their households,” they stated.
“They mentioned the strategic partnership between the UK and Saudi Arabia throughout a variety of points, together with cooperation on defence and power safety.
“The leaders welcomed progress in ending the battle in Yemen and agreed on the significance of constant political dialogue to increase the truce.”
They added: “The Prime Minister reiterated her concentrate on agreeing a powerful UK-GCC commerce deal and rising bilateral commerce and funding in areas like aviation and clear expertise.
“She additionally supplied the UK’s continued assist and encouragement for progress in Saudi Arabia’s home reforms.
“The crown prince prolonged his honest condolences on the dying of Her Majesty the Queen, and the leaders regarded ahead to persevering with to develop the sturdy relationship fostered throughout her late Majesty’s reign.”