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British Prime Minister Theresa May greets the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman outside 10 Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018.

The program features film screenings followed by discussions with directors, art exhibitions displaying traditional and contemporary works as well as music performances and unique insights into some of the Kingdom's most extraordinary attractions through interactive digital displays.

CBS' Norah O'Donnell traveled to Saudi Arabia to conduct the first US television interview with that country's de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to run on "60 Minutes" shortly before he visits the United States.

"Saudi Arabia has been a melting pot and crossroads of civilizations for 9,000 years". It will create new jobs for Saudi nationals, in part by necessitating the establishment of women-only driving schools and other services, while also increasing insurance revenues and leading to incremental capital investment towards building new road infrastructure, among other things.

The Saudi foreign minister, Adel Al Jubeir, has responded to the massive protests, claiming they are based on a "misunderstanding" of his country's military aggression against Yemen, the poorest Arab country.

Downing Street defended ties with the authoritarian state and hailed the Crown Prince as a modernising force who has allowed women to drive, attend stadiums and developed the Vision 2030 project to open up the economy.

Both the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia are already providing support to progress economic development across the East and Horn of Africa.

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As welcoming ceremonies were underway for the Saudi crown prince, anti-war activists rallied near Parliament and said they would protest later outside the gates of Downing Street against Riyadh and London's roles in the war on Yemen.

Asked whether Bin Salman should have been invited to the U.K., May said the two countries had a historic relationship and one which had helped to potentially save hundreds of British lives - presumably because of anti-terrorism intelligence shared between the countries.

They chanted, "Hands of Yemen", and called on the United Kingdom to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Welby also "voiced his distress" at the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the statement said.

A report from PwC Middle East says the influx of female drivers in Saudi Arabia presents a great number of opportunities in the automotive market. Today's partnership will see a joint commitment of £100 million between the two countries to further these efforts - the UK's contribution will include allocations from existing country budgets.

The magazine said it had removed the 10 Saudi billionaires who made the cut a year ago, including those detained in the crackdown like Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Turkey has also worked with Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival in the Middle East, to try to reduce fighting in northern Syria in recent months, and Iranian and Turkish military chiefs exchanged visits a year ago.