Dear Penny and Alistair

YemenAs Ministers in the current UK Government it is encouraging to see you both using twitter to call for “all parties to prevent civilian casualties and to cooperate with the UN” over the crisis in Yemen. As MPs and Ministers you will both be aware that you are supposed to be accountable for your actions and this means more than waiting until the next General Election. Our nation sells weapons to Saudi Arabia which are widely known to be used in the Yemen crisis and have been used to kill civilians and yet we are a bit reserved when it comes to challenging our Saudi ‘allies’ with how they are dealing with this. I could not agree with you more that we need to get all of the groups involved in the Yemen conflict together in the context of the UN. However as a weapons supplier, we are one of the parties concerned and so we should begin the process and make the sale of any future weapons dependent on the Saudi Government taking part in the discussions and being held accountable for their actions. It is Government Ministers who need to follow through on the tweet so perhaps the two of you could make a start today?

Best wishes


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