Theresa May Whitewashes Saudis’ Reputation And Role In Yemen, It Is A National Disgrace: Shadow Secretary
The agreement “made a mockery” of the UK’s reputation as a global leader in delivering humanitarian aid.

Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, is set to sell 48 new Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia, despite Right Groups accusing Saudis of war crimes in Yemen.

Kate Osamor, the shadow international development secretary, said the agreement “made a mockery” of the UK’s reputation as a global leader in delivering humanitarian aid.

Earlier on friday, a “memorandum of intent”, which aims to finalise the deal, was signed between the British government and Saudis’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the end of a three-day visit to the UK.

The Prime Minister’s proposed contract was immediately denounced by arms campaigners concerned about Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen in which an estimated 8.4 million people are in imminent danger of famine.

“Theresa May implied she would lobby Mohammed bin Salman to stop bombing civilians and end the use of starvation as a weapon of war,” said Osamor.

“Over 22 million Yemeni lives depend on permanent, full access for aid, food, and fuel in Yemen. Instead, she has won no concessions and simply handed on a plate to Saudi Arabia a new humanitarian partnership and an endorsement from DfID [the Department for International Development], the world’s best aid agency,” she added.

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Saudi Arabia’s coalition is the main player in the bloody civil war in Yemen since 2014, which has caused the worst humanitarian catastrophe.

“It will whitewash Saudi Arabia’s reputation and role in the war, and it is a national disgrace.” Osamor added that in signing an agreement with Saudi Arabia, the UK had aligned itself with the country primarily responsible for one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises.

While campaigners have spent days calling for the government to suspend arms sales to Saudis, Charles Woodburn, the BAE chief executive said the contract was “a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” adding, “We are committed to supporting the kingdom as it modernises the Saudi armed forces.”

Saudi Arabia has already received 72 Typhoons from BAE. Labours Leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for arm sales to Saudis to be suspended and suggested the UK is complicit in the Saudi-led coalition’s killing of civilians in Yemen, where the Typhoon has already been used in combat.

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