Following the Government statement on the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, James Sunderland asks the Minister of State for Trade Policy about the importance of Saudi Arabia to the UK as a diplomatic and trading partner in the middle east.
Could the Minister please outline the importance with which the UK regards Saudi Arabia as a diplomatic and trading partner in the middle east?
I thank my hon. Friend for that question. Saudi Arabia is an important diplomatic and trading partner for this country. That has been the case for many decades under successive Governments.