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Yemen: British Embassy

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Chidgey Lord Chidgey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to review and improve security for United Kingdom embassy staff in Sana'a, following the recent surrounding of the United Kingdom ambassador and the besieging of the embassy of the United States by protestors.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Ensuring the safety of our staff is our utmost priority. We constantly keep under review the security situation in Sana'a, and take steps as the situation requires. The siege of the United Arab Emirates ambassador's residence on 22 May was disgraceful. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my honourable friend Mr Burt, made a public statement on 24 May condemning the Yemeni Government's failure to ensure the protection of diplomats and diplomatic missions, while calling also on all sides to exercise restraint. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right honourable Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), also announced on 26 May the temporary withdrawal of a further four members of staff because of heightened security concerns.

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