Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrives for talks at 10 Downing Street, in central London on March 7, 2018. AFP / Tolga AKMEN
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Britain and Saudi Arabia took a step closer to a multibillion-pound arms deal Friday, touching on the most inflammatory element of their relationship at the end of an official visit to London which has mixed warm diplomacy with angry street protest.The two countries agreed to finalize talks on a multibillion-pound order for 48 Typhoon aircraft, the fighter plane's maker BAE Systems said. Britain and Saudi Arabia have set themselves a 65 billion pound trade and investment target for the coming years, with London looking for new post-Brexit markets for its services sector, and Prince Mohammad seeking to convince wary investors his country is a tolerant and modernizing place.
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