Yemen: Airports

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the leadership of the Saudi-Emirati coalition on the closure of Saana and Aden airports.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We have consistently encouraged all parties to support UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths' efforts to agree confidence-building measures between the conflict parties, including the re-opening of Sana'a airport. The Foreign Secretary met his counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, in a meeting of the Quad on 27 September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In the context of a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, they discussed how we could provide greater assistance to the Yemeni people by facilitating the entry of humanitarian and commercial goods into Yemen. I also discussed these matters with Saudi Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir, Emirati Deputy Foreign Minister Gargash, and US Defence Secretary Mattis in the margins of the Manama Dialogue on 27 October.

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