The hard truth is that for the country’s politicians what European governments think is of secondary importance. What counts is Congress and Trump.
Posts Tagged: Saudi Arabia
“The link that we have with Saudi Arabia is historic, it is an important one, and it has saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people in this country.”
Tom Tugendhat: We must try to steer Saudi Arabia, during the Crown Prince’s visit here, away from its failing strategy in Yemen
The country’s partial lifting of the blockade and its humanitarian efforts are welcome, but there is more that the Prince could do.
The Crown Prince will need all of his skills to balance the demands of tribal court politics while driving social and economic modernisation.
As a permanent member of the Security Council and close ally to all members of the Coalition, it is in a perfect position to do so.
Then as now, the United Kingdom is undermining its reputation and interests abroad by supporting an ally engaged in war crimes.
It won’t be easy but regional powers can make it happen if they make the right choices.
Garvan Walshe: In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia plays with fire. And there is no American adult to provide supervision.
The Saudi crown prince is in a hurry on every front – if anyone is advising him to take care, then he is certainly not listening to them.
The goals of the young Crown Prince are broadly in line with ours. But we should be urging calm thinking and cool heads.
The Crown Prince has taken the lesson from neighbouring Arab states. Progress may be slow, but it cannot be reversed.
Iain Dale: Abortion, same-sex marriage, and Rees-Mogg. He would be a brilliant Speaker. But I fear he has now blown it.
Plus: Cable, the Saudis, arms – and hypocrisy. MPs, the EU Withdrawal Bill, Henry VIII clauses – and hypocrisy. And: on a different note, why isn’t Zahawi a Minister?
Can Britain find a way through the horrible tangle of our commercial relationship with and security dependence on Saudi Arabia?
Alex Morton: We cannot be neutral in Islam’s internal struggle. Here are three ways in which the Prime Minister should act.
When I worked in Number Ten, the people who grasped most clearly this ideology’s threat were my Muslim co-workers.
Iain Dale: Reducing net immigration to the tens of thousands? It will never happen. And it shouldn’t.
Plus: A diplomatic success for Trump. A Love Actually moment, please, from May. And: has anyone seen Diane Abbott?
No one looked more uncomfortable to be in the Middle East than Steve Bannon, who was reduced to a ‘seen but not heard’ role in Riyadh.