Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign Secretary travels to Riyadh to discuss Yemen response
The UK is committed to resolving the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, security and regional stability, and ways of combating the threat posed by climate change.
The United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia will continue to work together to tackle global challenges and help to resolve the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said ahead of his first official visit to the country.
Mr Raab will hold talks with the leadership of Saudi Arabia and senior government counterparts including Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and National Security Adviser Dr Musaad Al Aiyban, in Riyadh on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March.
They will discuss our commitment to resolving the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, security and regional stability, and ways of combating the threat posed by climate change.
He will also hold talks with Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Hadi during his visit.
The Foreign Secretary will continue to drive progress on the Yemen peace process, following the recent surge in Houthi violence and constraints on getting humanitarian aid to those in need.
The Foreign Secretary will also raise issues where we have differences, including on human rights and values.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
Saudi Arabia is one of our closest trade partners and plays an important role in keeping Britain safe.
As a valued partner, we have to work closely together to tackle the crisis in Yemen, terrorism and climate change as well as pursuing reform and engaging on human rights issues.
The visit is also an opportunity to cooperate on an ambitious climate agenda ahead of climate summit COP 26 and during Saudi’s Presidency of the G20 this year. It comes as the UK steps up its efforts to tackle combat climate change, diversify our economy and protect the planet.
During his two-day trip to the country, the Foreign Secretary will also be shown around Diriyah, the historic capital of the first Saudi state which has been transformed into a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of a restoration project involving British companies and expertise.
Earlier this week, the Foreign Secretary was in Oman, where he held bilateral talks with Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and Omani Foreign Minister His Excellency Yusuf bin Alawi.
He then travelled to Turkey, where he held talks with his counterpart Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and reiterated the UK’s staunch support for Turkey’s efforts to negotiate an immediate and lasting ceasefire in Syria.
Latest News from
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK announces first sanctions under new global human rights regime07/07/2020 16:20:00
The new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime will target those who have been involved in some of the gravest human rights violations and abuses around the world.
UN Human Rights Council 44: statement on discrimination against women07/07/2020 14:10:00
The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with UN Working Group on discrimination against women (06 July 2020).
Global Human Rights Sanctions regime: Foreign Secretary's statement to Parliament07/07/2020 13:38:00
Dominic Raab yesterday gave a Commons statement introducing the new Global Human Rights Sanctions regime and the first sanctions on those involved in human rights abuses.
UK statement to the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees High Level Meeting07/07/2020 10:25:00
The UK's Ambassador to the WTO and UN in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, delivered this statement at the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees High Level Meeting on 6 July 2020.
UK statement on JCPoA implementation: 04 July06/07/2020 16:20:00
The EU High Representative confirmed he had received a letter from Iranian Foreign Minister regarding implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
UN Human Rights Council 44: Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons06/07/2020 14:10:00
The UK's Political and Human Rights Counsellor, Matthew Forman, recently (03 July 2020) delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons.
By endurance we conquer - what Shackleton can teach us today06/07/2020 12:28:00
A guest blog on UK-Ireland connections from Catherine Page, a deputy to the Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett.
Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer03/07/2020 12:12:00
From 10 July 2020 you will be able to travel to many countries without having to self-isolate on return to England.
UN Human Rights Council 44: Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights03/07/2020 10:25:00
The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights.