Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 27th January 2022.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether arms sales granted an export licence by the Government have been used by Saudi Arabia and their coalition partners in recent bombings which have resulted in civilian casualties in Yemen.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are looking into recent reports of the impact of airstrikes on civilians in Yemen. We urge all parties to the Yemen conflict to exercise restraint and avoid further civilian impact and suffering. The Government takes its strategic export control responsibilities very seriously. The Government will not grant an export licence if to do so would be inconsistent with the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, including respect for human rights and international humanitarian law.  All licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard.

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