Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

Department for International Development written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with (a) other government departments and (b) external organisations on the effects of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia on the delivery of development aid.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

DFID plays a key role in the UK government’s wider efforts to promote a more stable Yemen that is more able to address its humanitarian needs, working closely with other government departments to ensure that our combined diplomatic, humanitarian and military efforts make the maximum contribution to improving the situation in Yemen.

As part of this, we discuss all issues of relevance to the humanitarian response. We also meet regularly with external organisations to discuss the humanitarian situation and delivery of aid in Yemen.

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