January 2019 – Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

January 2019 – Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Thank you to those who have contacted me about arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

The Government takes its defence export responsibilities extremely seriously and operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world. All export licence applications, including those for Saudi Arabia are rigorously assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

These strict criteria take account of all prevailing circumstances at the time of application and includes human rights and international humanitarian law considerations. The Government does not issue export licences where there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression, in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, or where the export would provoke or prolong conflict.

I am confident that by adhering to the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, the Government will continue to ensure that UK arms exports [Optional: to Saudi Arabia / Israel / Sri Lanka] are not used for internal repression, violating international humanitarian law, or for provoking or prolonging conflict.