The British government has invited Saudi Arabia to the world’s largest arms fair, going against a court ruling. In June, judges ruled that the sale of weapons to the Saudi state for use in the war on Yemen,
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Graham Stuart, the minister for trade, confirmed a Saudi delegation would be invited to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event following a parliamentary question, the Independent reported.
‘The Saudi government does not share our liberal values,’ she told The Independent.
‘Their dismal record on human rights and the rule of law should have disqualified them as an arms trading partner long ago.’
The UK has licensed nearly £5bn of arms exports to Saudi Arabia since the start of the Yemen war, where Riyadh is carrying out airstrikes in support of president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
According to human rights groups, there is evidence of British-made bombs at the scenes of war crimes in the country, and research estimates that the Saudi-led bombing campaign has killed more than 8,000 civilians.
Eurofighter jets and Paveway bombs of the kind being used by Saudi forces in Yemen are expected to be promoted to international militaries at the arms fair.
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