Former UK Labour chief: Johnson must end UK arms deal with Saudi regime
UK former Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn condemns Saudi Arabia's mass execution and calls on UK PM Boris Johnson to cancel his visit.
UK Former Labour Head and MP for Islington North Jeremy Corbyn has condemned 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."
The Saudi regime has carried out its largest mass execution. Now, Boris Johnson plans travel to Saudi Arabia to strike an oil deal.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 13, 2022
The PM must cancel his visit and end the UK arms deal with a government that has taken so many lives at home and in Yemen.https://t.co/TFEbuY5KLK
This isn't the first time Corbyn has spoken out against Saudi Arabia, as he condemned the Saudi-led war on Yemen, and demanded that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia "end now", as the UK government is complicit in the kingdom's "crimes through arming and training the Saudi-led war on Yemen."
Riyadh executed 81 men, including seven Yemenis and one Syrian national, after they were convicted on charges including "terrorism", as per the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Saudi Interior Ministry claimed the convicts were guilty of holding "deviant beliefs and pledging allegiance to foreign organizations," adding that three of the Yemenis were guilty of "forming a terrorist organization belonging to Al-Houthi," the Yemeni popular army forces that US President Joe Biden himself reversed the decision that deemed them a "terrorist" organization.