June 27, 2019 / 3:21 PM / 22 days ago

UK PM May to meet Saudi crown prince, to call for de-escalation in Gulf

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday to discuss the need for de-escalation in the Gulf after tensions rose because of a U.S.-Iran dispute over the country's nuclear deal, May's spokeswoman said.

May, who is due to step down by the end of next month, will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday. She will meet the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan among others on Saturday.

"The PM will take the opportunity to discuss important regional issues with the Crown Prince including the need for the de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf and for all sides to back the process to end the conflict in Yemen," the spokeswoman told reporters, adding that May would raise the case of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison)

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