Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th November 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Co-National Campaign Coordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether officials of his Department in discussions with Saudi officials are critical of the actions and policies of the Saudi Government; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

No aspect of our relationship with Saudi Arabia prevents us from speaking frankly and openly and we will always be ready to speak out as a matter of principle. We raise our concerns with the Saudi authorities using a range of Ministerial and diplomatic channels of communication, including our Ambassador, the Embassy team and the European Union in Riyadh

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