Saudi Arabia: G20

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, whether the Government has plans to send a UK delegation to the G20 to be held in Saudia Arabia following human rights abuses in that country.

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

The UK and Saudi Arabia have a longstanding bilateral relationship, based on trade; investment; defence; security; energy; and shared concerns on regional issues. The Foreign Secretary raised his concerns during his visit to Saudi Arabia on 4 and 5 March. Saudi Arabia's G20 Presidency is an opportunity to address issues of global importance, notably Covid-19. We hope that the international platform provided by the G20 Presidency encourages continued progress on domestic reforms.

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