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Saudi king: Britain failed to act on terror warning


Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia claims Britain failed to act on information which might have averted the 2005 London bombings.

In an interview with the BBC he says his country warned the UK about a threat, but nothing was done about it.

"We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain but unfortunately no action was taken. And it may have been able to maybe avert the tragedy."

Ahead of a visit to the UK, the King also accuses Britain of not doing enough to fight international terrorism.

King Abdullah and his entourage will receive the full red carpet treatment throughout their state visit to Britain.

The Queen will greet the king tomorrow. He will review a guard of honour before a state carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

The all-male royal party of 12 will stay in style in the palace, where a display of Saudi art from the royal collection has been assembled for the Queen to show to the king.

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They will then be guests of honour at a state banquet attended by nearly 200 VIPs, including all senior members of the British Royal Family. Gordon Brown is expected to wear white tie and tails for the first time at the banquet.

The king will hold private talks on Wednesday with the Prime Minister before dining with several senior members of the Government.

The king will also be received in Clarence House by the Prince of Wales, who will brief him on his charitable activities.

King Abdullah will then attend a banquet on Wednesday held by the Lord Mayor. The Duke of York will represent the Queen.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will bid farewell to their royal guest on Thursday.

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