British foreign secretary says Saudi not breaking law in Yemen

British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson. (File photo: AP)

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has insisted a “threshold has not been crossed” by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, defending the UK’s arms sales to Riyadh and expressing support for the Arab kingdom.

“So far, we do not believe that there has been a clear risk of a breach of the international humanitarian law,” Johnson told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, referring to the Saudi actions in Yemen.

The UK is the second biggest arms dealer in the world and Saudi Arabia is one of its biggest customer.

Johnson then reaffirmed British allegiance to the kingdom by saying that the “UK is supportive of Saudi Arabia” and has a longstanding partnership with it.

He stated that the actions of Saudi Arabia are justified and supported by the UN.

“There is a campaign supported by the Arab League, by a vast coalition, supported by the UN to move Houthis out of Sanaa and restore the legitimate government,” Johnson said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49