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« on: February 11, 2014, 02:43:00 pm »

Richard Palmer‏@RoyalReporter·4 hrs
The Prince of Wales will undertake official visits to Saudi Arabia and Qatar from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 Feb, Clarence House says.

Rebecca English‏@RE_DailyMail·5 hrs
The Prince of Wales will undertake official visits to Saudi Arabia & Qatar from February 17th to 20th 2014, Clarence House announce
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 06:17:56 pm »

Cam needs a new parure
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 07:19:13 pm »

It would be a total waste on that wrinkly old cow.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2014, 05:48:56 pm »

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At start of Prince Charles' trip to Saudi Arabia + Qatar, @amnesty warns  the "human rights situation in both countries is desperately bad".
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 07:09:12 pm »

^Ah, and he is going to do something about it?
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 07:48:50 pm »

^my new idea re: foreign policy is that we need to stop banging those bad countries over the head - and start using the carrot approach - clamoring for human rights in these countries  ends up with revolutions and less human rights - think copts in Eygpt or hey - how are human rights doing in Iraq?  We should reward them for steps forward - and offer to help them improve their approach - but stop with the "you are bad we are good" stuff.

Plus - one has to give PC credit for his efforts on the Christian persecution front in these Middle East countries - he has been a positive force - working collaboratively with Imans and clerics.  I'd bet he will speak to that issue.

But the best thing about a trip to those rich Saudi's - jewels - lots of jewels! 
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2014, 09:28:49 pm »

PrinceCharles in Saudi Arabia

https://twitter.com/aawsat_eng/status/435860222440009728/photo/1


Prince Muqrin, Prince Mutaib&Prince Charles

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2014, 10:16:57 pm »

I'm sorry but I think he looks hysterical in that outfit, especially with the agonized expression on his face! tehe
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2014, 11:22:40 pm »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhqLc1MRLsc

Charles pretending he is Saudi.   laugh
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2014, 03:12:08 am »


OMG!! He looks like a *fool*.
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2014, 04:13:57 am »

yeah but I would say there is some kind of important reason to be there -
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2014, 04:49:14 am »

^Camilla is probably wanting some new jewels.

I'm sure he isn't there because of his concern for human rights.
I don't think he is there to sell arms because Andrew just did that.
He can't make treaties, agreements etc. because that is what the politicians do.   easter-think   

I think he is there for the very expensive gifts and jewels that the Saudi's are famous for.
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2014, 05:32:53 am »

he would have been invited to this
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2014, 07:23:02 am »

When the royals get these "invitations" to visit a foreign nation they first contact the nation in question and request an invitation. These royal visits are very expensive to the nation they visit.

The Saudi Royals want the west to help protect them while they violate basic human rights of their own citizens. If the west stopped this protection the people would slaughter any of the royals that did not manage to escape.

Our leaders make deals with them to buy oil and sell weapons and at the same time letting the Saudi's give them some "elaborate and very expensive gifts".

Saudi Arabia is not a commonwealth nation and this trip should be classified as a personal holiday and Charles should pay for it all out of his personal finances.

Without the gifts there would be no "friendly relationship" it would be purely a business relationship because there would be no gain for whomever the leader happens to be.
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2014, 09:59:49 pm »

Prince Charles of Wales arrived in Doha yesterday on a visit to Qatar. Prince Charles and his
accompanying delegation were greeted at Doha International Airport by HE the Minister of State Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Saud al-Thani, and Qatar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom Khalid Rashid Salem al Hamoudi al-Mansouri
http://www.gulf-times.com/qatar/178/details/381886/prince-charles-arrives
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« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2014, 11:52:41 pm »


Prince Charles drinks coffee as he waits for his departure at the Royal Terminal at Riyadh International Airport

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Prince Charles has a cup of tea during a meeting at the UK ambassador residency

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 Prince Charles holds a plate in front of a buffet during a lunch break

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Britain's Prince Charles (L) meets with Saudi entrepreneurs from the Centennial fund

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 Prince Charles (C) listens to the explanations of Saudi Minister of Tourism, Prince Sultan bin Salman (R) as they visit the old city of al-Diriyah

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2014, 01:17:54 pm »

Richard Palmer ‏@RoyalReporter 1h

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Prince Charles is meeting the controversial King of Bahrain today and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince on two hastily arranged legs of a Gulf tour.

Prince Charles, who was on a four-day tour of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, had not previously announced the visits to the UAE and Bahrain.

CH: "Time has very recently been made available in the Prince's diary to allow him to visit UAE and Bahrain briefly while in the region."

I don't believe "hastily arranged". I wonder why Charles really made this trip.
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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2014, 04:31:20 pm »

Is the "missus" going with him?

Charles as usual does the pointing at things.
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2014, 08:42:04 pm »

^^agree Snotkitty - why is he making this trip - not unusual for the royals to be used to pass messages and get discussions going for governments and there sure is a lot going on in the Middle East now -
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2014, 01:08:33 am »

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/andrew-smith/prince-charles-should-be-_b_4829924.html

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If we are to be judged by the company we keep then Prince Charles has a lot of explaining to do. This week the future king has been strutting his stuff on the international stage, with highly publicised visits to dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, BAE and Bahrain.

Officially the purpose of his trip was for HRH to visit a plethora of museums, galleries and sights of historical significance. But it would seem that it was carefully timed to facilitate the conclusion of arms company BAE System's latest multi billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia. Negotiations over the price of Eurofighter Typhoon had been going on for years and even two visits by David Cameron had not persuaded the Saudi royals to sign.

http://blog.caat.org.uk/2014/02/20/prince-charles-dance-of-shame/

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This week Prince Charles flew to Saudi Arabia and danced for its autocratic rulers. The next day Saudi Arabia and arms company BAE Systems announced they had finalised their latest multi-billion pound weapons deal.

Charles was in Saudi Arabia at the request of the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. BAE’s share price was set to fall this week unless agreement could be reached on its latest sales of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, so the UK government sent in the royals to seal the deal. As a Buckingham Palace spokesperson has said “Middle East potentates like meeting princes.”

Human rights organisations had highlighted Saudi Arabia’s appalling record on human rights and urged Charles to use his visit to promote reform. Instead he has sent a clear signal of support for repression.

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Stop royals pushing arms sales
http://act.caat.org.uk/petition/103

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