Yemen: Humanitarian and Political Situation - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:48 pm on 20th November 2017.

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Photo of The Bishop of Leeds The Bishop of Leeds Bishop 5:48 pm, 20th November 2017

My Lords, I endorse entirely what the noble Lord, Lord Hain, has just said, but I would really want a further commitment. The Statement said:

The United Kingdom remains committed to supporting Saudi Arabia to address its legitimate security”,

concerns, which of course are complex. Does that mean that we apply pressure on the Saudis as well to lift the blockade? We know that there are other agendas running in Saudi Arabia and that its policy is stuck in Yemen—it has got into a position that it did not want to be in. But the sheer volume of arms sales that we make to Saudi Arabia surely gives us some clout in exerting considerable pressure.