SANA’A -British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has condemned British Prime Minister Theresa May for her complicity with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in Yemen.
The move came after May’s meeting with the “ally of war ” Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit in Japan.
Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May of collaborating with the Saudis, citing her close meetings with MBS as an example.
“The PM was not going far enough in signalling the UK’s disapproval of the actions of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler,” Corbyn said.
“She should confirm the UK government will immediately stop selling arms to his regime, as well as hold him to account over the horrific murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the Labour leader added
“The UK has pumped £4.6bn worth of military equipment into the conflict in the Yemen. Almost a quarter of a million people will have been killed by the end of this year – more than half of them under five years old.”
According to newspaper The Independent, “The Court of Appeal has found the UK government has ‘made no attempt’ to conclude whether the Saudi-led coalition had committed violations of international humanitarian law in the Yemen.”
“Where the UN sees ‘humanity’s biggest preventable disaster’, this Conservative government sees an arms sales opportunity (…) It is simply not good enough for Theresa May and her government to take the Saudis at their word,” Corbyn stated.
“The evidence that war crimes have been committed in the Yemen, the indiscriminate attacks on civilians, the horror of mass killing and starvation, and the brutal murder of opponents at home and abroad, should mean Saudi Arabia should be held to account, not embraced as military allies.”
The Saudi crown prince has become the focus of international condemnation since taking the helm in Riyadh in 2017, due to his bombing of neighbouring Yemen and his reported ordering of and close involvement in the Khashoggi killing.