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‘Britain sending aid does not change the tragic reality of its arms sales. Jeremy Hunt cannot promote peace while at the same time acting as an arms salesman.’- Mohamed Ali Al Houthi, leader of Ansar Allah coalition (The Guardian 29 March)
On 1 March British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt became the first western foreign minister to visit Yemen since the Saudi-led war began in 2015. As Britain is currently the ‘pen-holder’ for Yemen in the UN, with responsibility for drafting statements and motions on the war, Hunt stated that his visit was intended to put pressure on the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthi-led rebel forces to reach a peace agreement. However, just days before his visit, Hunt was secretly lobbying the German government to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia on behalf of British arms companies. Three weeks later, the Daily Mail revealed that five British soldiers from the Special Boat Service (SBS) had been injured whilst on operations supporting Saudi troops fighting the Houthi resistance in north west Yemen, amid allegations that British troops were training child soldiers (23 March). In the face of building opposition to the war, the representatives of British imperialism are working hard to publicly appear interested in achieving a fair and peaceful resolution. But in reality they are doing all they can to support Britain’s strategic regional interests and the profits of British arms companies. Toby Harbertson reports.