British defence minister Philip Hammond held talks in Riyadh Tuesday, just weeks after BAE Systems announced an agreement with Saudi authorities on the spiralling costs of a multi-billion-dollar fighter deal.

Saudi state media gave very few details of what was discussed in Hammond’s meetings with his counterpart Crown Prince Salman and National Guard Minister Prince Mitab bin Abdullah.

His talks with Salman focused on “cooperation between their friendly states and means of developing and strengthening it,” the official SPA news agency said. […]