Friday 30 November 2018 / 6:46 PM Emily Thornberry

Theresa May’s meeting with Crown Prince Bin Salman

Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the Prime Minister’s planned meeting with Crown Prince Bin Salman, said:

“When she sits down with Crown Prince Bin Salman, Theresa May has a moral duty to demand the truth about Jamal Khashoggi.

“But even more urgently and importantly, she must demand that the Crown Prince stops the bombardment of Hodeidah, allows food and medicine to reach the 14 million Yemenis facing starvation, and lifts his objections to the UK’s draft United Nations resolution, which would enforce those demands. Furthermore, she must tell him that British arms will no longer flow to Saudi Arabia to continue the barbaric bombardment of Yemen.

“If – as now seems clear – it was Bin Salman who ordered the UK Government to remove from its UN resolution a demand for the investigation of all alleged war crimes in Yemen, then May must stand up to him and say Britain does not take orders from anyone.

“If she does all those things, then she is right to meet him, but if not, then it is a national disgrace.”