Yemen

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 2 March 2010.

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Photo of Peter Tapsell Peter Tapsell Conservative, Louth and Horncastle 2:30, 2 March 2010

Before the usual suspects send foreign troops blundering into a fourth Islamic country, will the Foreign Secretary draw their attention to the fact that the northern frontier of the Yemen is only 360 miles from Mecca, that the two main land routes for pilgrims on the Hajj cross its territory, that thousands of Yemenis fought against the Russians in Afghanistan, and that very large numbers of their offspring work in the oil states of the Gulf?

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Anthony WALKER
Posted on 3 Mar 2010 5:21 pm (Report this annotation)

How so very true, Sir Peter - and to have the Labour Minister agree - that must be a first! However, should this not have been foreseen by the said Minister before it got to this point?