United Arab Emirates: World Expo

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his overseas counterparts on removing host status of the 2020 Expo from the United Arab Emirates following that country's continued violation of the arms embargo to Libya.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We have been clear that external involvement in the Libya conflict is undermining UN efforts to end the fighting and bring the parties back to the negotiating table. We take very seriously all reports of violations of the UN arms embargo. The UK and the United Arab Emirates were amongst the participants in the 19 January Berlin conference on Libya, the conclusions of which were endorsed in UN Security Council Resolution 2510. This demanded that all UN Member States do not to intervene in the conflict, and fully comply with the UN arms embargo. We continue to make clear to all of the participants in the Berlin Conference that we expect them to live up to the commitments and support the UN political process.

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