UK PM Theresa May talks on ‘ending Yemen war’ with Saudi’s Foreign Minister by calling humanitarian law
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 06-Sep-2017
London, 6 September: According to a UN Report, more than 5000 have been killed in air strikes or cholera in Yemen. Taking the issue seriously and placing it in front of Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, UK Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the need to end Yemen’s civil war. She further discussed the importance of complying with international humanitarian law in a meeting with Arab’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
More than 10,000 people have been killed and three million displaced in the two-and-a-half year conflict, with the Saudi-led coalition's air and naval blockade driving millions more to the brink of famine and sparking the world's largest ongoing cholera outbreak.
The meeting also touched on a number of other issues, including the Prime Minister's hopes Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman would be able to visit Britain soon. The spokesman said: "They discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including the ongoing isolation of Qatar in the Gulf region, with the Prime Minister reiterating her call for all sides to take steps to de-escalate the situation and restore Gulf Co-operation Council unity at the earliest opportunity.
They also further discussed Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme for reform and modernization. Theresa May also pressed focus on areas of innovation, empowerment and transformation developments with Saudi Arabia. Maintaining her stance at the international front for future collaborations, May also cordially invited Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in UK to build historic relationship.
However, the UK government was criticized by Labour last month on selling arms to Saudi and encouraging the conflict war in Yemen. More than £3.3bn worth of UK arms have been sold to the Saudi government since the bombing began in March, 2015.