UK shows no sign of suspending Saudi arms exports

21 September 2016

The UK government is under less pressure to suspend defence exports to Saudi Arabia after a parliamentary inquiry into the use of UK-manufactured arms in Yemen failed to reach a consensus.

Disagreements within the Committees on Arms Exports Controls that carried out the inquiry resulted in two reports being released on 15 September instead of just the expected one; the first a joint report by the Business, Innovation, and Skills and International Development committees, the second by the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Both reports recommended that the government support the establishment of an UN-led investigation into alleged violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) during the conflict in Yemen.

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