British Foreign Office: "Shocked" by Saudi mass execution
Britain claims it was shocked by Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 81 people last week.
Britain expressed on Monday its shock by Saudi Arabia's execution of 81 people last week, and stressed that it is strongly opposed to the death penalty under any circumstances.
"We are shocked by the execution of 81 individuals," foreign office minister Amanda Milling said, adding that the UK will continue to raise its concerns with its Saudi counterparts through our ministerial and diplomatic channels and seek further clarification on the details of these cases. No aspect of our relationship with Saudi Arabia prevents us from speaking frankly about human rights."
Meanwhile, British PM Boris Johnson's official spokesperson defended Johnson's plans to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the hope that Saudi Arabia's oil and gas production can be increased to reduce reliance on Russia.
UK Former Labour Head and MP for Islington North Jeremy Corbyn condemned on Monday Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 81 people.
Moreover, Corbyn demanded that British PM Boris Johnson cancel an upcoming visit to "the Saudi regime", during which Johnson plans to strike an oil deal with the Kingdom, and asked him to also cancel an arms deal with the government "that had taken so many lives at home and in Yemen."