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Sales of Weapons to Saudi Arabia

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NotSpaghetti Sat 28-Sep-19 10:35:14

Liz Truss admits to multiple arms sale breaches - and says there could be more...

The UK has breached government commitments not to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia at least three times. Liz Truss says these are “administrative errors” even though they are likely to be against international humanitarian law.

I find this rather cavalier approach to human life shameful. Other than writing to her/the government/local MPs what can we do?

In August this year, 236 Yemenis were killed, and there were 20,000 bombing “missions”. One bomb fell on a mosque, one apparently fell on an ordinary family gathering to eat together, there have been bombs on weddings and funerals. Why can’t we see that we should not be selling bombs to SaudiArabia?
What can I do?

EllanVannin Sat 28-Sep-19 10:55:25

I'd say keep out of Middle East politics and arms deals, bad as it is. I can't understand this country's attachment to Saudi Arabia----apart from the oil. Egypt is another country who we sell arms to.

It was once said that this is an illegal process. Maybe we should get the " spider " lady onto it concerning the legalities etc.

When TM was in power her " excuse " was that deals were done to keep the streets of Britain safe ??

paddyann Sat 28-Sep-19 11:45:33

I dont think anyone is surprised ...we will be quick to deny any link to deaths of civilians though .The bits we sell them wont be essential to kill people just destroy property ....and they'll expect us to believe them...and many will !

NotSpaghetti Sat 28-Sep-19 12:05:33

Of course it must be an oil thing. And it would be great if “spiderwoman” could do something - but as you say, the Middle East is such a “minefield” (!)...

I just feel we should be at the very, very least not breaking international law. And I do feel the loss of innocent lives is deplorable wherever and whenever it occurs.

I wish there was something I could do.

absthame Sun 29-Sep-19 16:11:48

Our enemy's enemy is our friend has been responsible for the lack of morality in foreign policy of most nations. It has been responsible for most of the wars over the past 75years and it is time we ditched it.

ayse Sun 29-Sep-19 17:43:04

This has been going on for years behind the scenes but sometimes it comes to public notice. Apparently British companies do rather well from arms sales.

It just comes to public notice occasionally and I think it’s indefensible

trisher Sun 29-Sep-19 17:50:18

I have been in contact with my MP about this for a long time. She has tried many times to get answers from the minister but has only been assured that the sales complied with the law. It seems they didn't.

NotSpaghetti Mon 30-Sep-19 15:56:22

... and of course no heads will roll for this money-making and repeated "administrative error".