Archbishop: Saudi leader wants different faiths to flourish

March 8, 2018

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, greets the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, at a private meeting at at Lambeth Palace, London Thursday March 8, 2018. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — The leader of the Anglican church says Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is committed to the flourishing of different faiths in his strict Sunni Muslim kingdom.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Thursday in London.

The archbishop’s Lambeth Palace office said “the crown prince made a strong commitment to promote the flourishing of those of different faith traditions, and to interfaith dialogue within the Kingdom and beyond.”

It said Welby expressed concern about the limits placed on Christian worship in Saudi Arabia, and expressed “distress” at suffering in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is battling Iran-backed rebels.

The 32-year-old crown prince has shaken up his deeply conservative country, pushing through dramatic social reforms, including allowing women to drive.

Critics say the reforms mask continuing rights abuses.

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