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Oxfam reaction on PM's Saudi trip

29th Nov 2017

On Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Saudi Arabia

Speaking as Theresa May visited Saudi Arabia where she will raise British concerns over the blockade of the war-torn country, Mark Goldring, Oxfam chief executive, said: 

'We welcome the fact the Prime Minister will raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's role in the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, which is bringing unimaginable suffering to millions of civilians.
 
'In the midst of the world's worst cholera epidemic on record and with the country on the brink of the worst famine in recent years, the UK needs to do more than talk tough - it needs to exert real pressure and take action.

'As the country responsible for drafting UN Security Council resolutions on Yemen, the UK should be ready to step up international pressure on Saudi Arabia to persuade them to push for peace and immediately lift the blockade to allow fuel, food and other essentials into the country.
 
'If the Prime Minister's pleas fall on deaf ears, sanctions on the Saudi-led coalition should be introduced to force them to face up to their actions, and to prevent countless more people becoming innocent victims of the conflict, starvation and disease.'

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