Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir (R) and British Secretray of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson (L) give a joint press conference, on Dec. 11, 2016 in Riyadh. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson praised social reforms in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, seeking to neutralize any potential criticism over human rights and the war in Yemen ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's visit to London next week.But Johnson said Prince Mohammad deserved support for overturning a ban on women driving, relaxing gender segregation and setting a target to get more women into the Saudi workforce.The government's support for Prince Mohammad has been criticized by rights groups and opposition lawmakers – particularly over the licensing of 4.6 billion pounds ($6.4 billion) worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the start of the Yemen conflict.
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