Saudi Partnership With London Helps to 'Keep the UK Safe' - British Foreign Secretary Hunt

Published March 3rd, 2019 - 08:12 GMT
Excellent first mtg w FM Ibrahim al Assaf & AdelAljubeir today in Riyadh (Twitter)
Excellent first mtg w FM Ibrahim al Assaf & AdelAljubeir today in Riyadh (Twitter)

Britain’s strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia helps to “keep the UK safe,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday.

Hunt met with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir on Saturday in Riyadh. He described the meeting as “excellent.”

The foreign secretary is on a trip to the Gulf region to urge the immediate implementation of the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement.

Hunt said that he and Al-Jubeir agreed that progress on the agreement was “overdue,” and that it is “vital for Hodeidah to be cleared of militia urgently” so that a humanitarian corridor can be opened.


The foreign secretary met Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Riyadh earlier on Saturday. He described progress on UN-backed peace talks on Yemen as “fragile but within sight.”

Hunt also attended a Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summit in Jeddah.

On Friday, Hunt visited Muscat where he signed a joint declaration on UK-Omani relations and met Houthi militia spokesman Mohamed Abdul Salem. He is also due to visit the UAE.


This article has been adapted from its original source.    

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