Saudi Arabia: Overseas Residence

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick Labour, Walsall North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department gives to non-Muslim UK citizens working in Saudi Arabia who wish to practise their religion in a congregation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

holding answer 25 March 2008

Saudi Arabia has recently acknowledged the right of non-Muslims to practise their faith in private. But it still does not allow Christian or other non-Muslim religious services. Non-Muslims who contact our embassy in Riyadh are told that practising their faith in public is not permitted under Saudi law.

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