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24 September 2017


UK urged to reveal Saudi links to extremism

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Britons urge the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to release a report about Saudi Arabia’s funding of extremists operating in the UK, and to stop selling arms to the kingdom.

Axar.az reports citing Press TV.

An exclusive poll for The Independent showed Sunday that an overwhelming majority of the public believe it is wrong for Britain to provide the Saudis with billions of pounds of weapons being used against innocent civilians in Yemen.

The poll by BMG Research has found that only 18 percent of people support those sales “while the Middle Eastern state is engaged in Yemen’s civil war” – while 58 percent are against it.

“Instead of giving the Saudis a stern talking to, ministers are flogging them arms,” Tom Brake, a Liberal Democrat frontbench MP, said.

“They are desperate for shady Middle Eastern trade deals because they are hell-bent on taking us out of the world’s most lucrative single market, in Europe, with nations who share our values.”

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement. The Riyadh regime has, however, failed to reach its goals despite suffering great expense.

Last week, the UK High Court issued a ruling, saying that the government was not breaking the law by continuing to sell arms to Saudi Arabia.

Apart from selling arms to the Saudi kingdom, the UK government has refused to release its report into the Saudi and other foreign funding for extremism in Britain.

The new study now shows that most people want the government to release the report, even if it damages diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Sixty-four percent want the report to be made “publicly available in full”, while only 11 percent back its suppression.

Last week, the UK High Court issued a ruling, saying that the government was not breaking the law by continuing to sell arms to Saudi Arabia.

Apart from selling arms to the Saudi kingdom, the UK government has refused to release its report into the Saudi and other foreign funding for extremism in Britain.

The new study now shows that most people want the government to release the report, even if it damages diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Sixty-four percent want the report to be made “publicly available in full”, while only 11 percent back its suppression.

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