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Saudi Arabia hails UK court ruling on arms sales

The Saudi Embassy in the UK has welcomed the decision of the British High Court.

Published: 12th July 2017 04:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2017 04:10 PM   |  A+A-

British Prime Minister Theresa May (File | AP)


LONDON: The Saudi Embassy in the UK has welcomed the decision of the British High Court that ruled to continue weapon sales to the Saudi-led Arab coalition in order to restore legitimacy in Yemen.

London's High Court earlier this week rejected a bid by Campaign Against Arms Trade, a UK-based organisation, on halting Britain's arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

In a statement released on Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, the Saudi Embassy in the UK hailed the court's decision and reiterated Saudi Arabia's firm commitment to comply with international humanitarian laws.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UK work together in various fields, the most important of which is joint cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the desire to establish peace and stability in Yemen and the region as well," the statement said.

"The two kingdoms are also capable of conducting a frank and transparent dialogue, in an atmosphere of mutual respect," it added.

Following the court decision on Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament that she welcomed the judgement.

"It shows that we do in this country operate one of the most robust export-control regimes in the world," she said.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition is working with the unanimous support of the UN Security Council to thwart the Houthi-backed rebellion in Yemen against the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbou Mansour Hadi.

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