British PM defends selling arms to Saudi Arabia

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Published on Sep 7, 2016

The British prime minister has strongly defended her country’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia which is accused of war crimes in Yemen.
Theresa May insists that establishing close ties with Saudi Arabia keeps people in Britain safe. May also said during the G20 summit in China, she had called for an investigation into reports on Riyadh’s war crimes in Yemen. May made the comments in response to criticism by the opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn who had demanded a halt to arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Corbyn said the Saudi war has caused “humanitarian devastation” in Yemen. He spoke after a parliamentary committee said it was highly likely that British weapons were used in Yemen in violation of international law.

Lawrence Davidson
Lecturer, West Chester University



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