Sputnik discussed the current state of the Yemeni humanitarian crisis as well as the UK and US policy toward the country with journalist Hussain Albukhaiti.
Sputnik: UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged £200 million to help victims of the civil war in Yemen. However, the UK has become the biggest European arms supplier to Saudi Arabia. What do you think of Britain being willing to provide humanitarian aid to Yemen, despite still selling arms to those who play an active role in the country's civil war?
Sputnik: Theresa May called for European countries to do more. In November, Germany announced that it would not export any more arms to Saudi Arabia, partially due to Saudi Arabia's potential implication in the Khashoggi murder. But when UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Berlin last week, he urged Germany to rethink the ban, as that could damage its economic credibility. Are we witnessing once more a case of double standards here?
Hussain Albukhaiti: Yes. This is exactly the foreign policy of the United States and of the United Kingdom. And you can see it crying out loud: for instance, even in human rights violations, for example in Iran and other countries. But when you look at Saudi Arabia, which has actually chopped to death a journalist in their consulate… since Saudi Arabia is actually an ally of the United Kingdom, it doesn't matter what it does to its people, it doesn't matter what it does to its neighbours, like Yemen. The main goal of the United Kingdom is to create jobs on the blood of Yemeni [and] on the blood of Saudi civilians. This is the main thing, it's the profit. So I pray that the British people will take a stand against their government to stop supplying weapons [to Saudi Arabia] — because it's not about making profit, it's about saving civilians, either in Yemen or in other countries.
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