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Yemen: Military Intervention

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in order to avert a humanitarian crisis in the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah in Yemen.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are in regular contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law, including with regard to the protection of civilians, and do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows through the port. The Foreign Secretary made representations on this issue to his United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Saudi counterparts on 9 and 10 June respectively. The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa also spoke with his UAE counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Gargash, on both 13, 16 and 19 June on this issue. ​At all levels, including through regular engagement by our Ambassadors, we have underlined the critical importance of maintaining humanitarian and commercial flows through Hodeidah and Saleef ports. We continue to urge all parties to respect international humanitarian law and prioritise the protection of civilians.

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