Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron waits to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of their meeting at the prime minister's Chequers residence near Ellesborough, northwest of London, October 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Justin Tallis/Pool)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Britain Tuesday abandoned a bid to provide training to Saudi Arabia's penal system and raised the case of a 74-year-old Briton facing a flogging, following an outcry over human rights in the kingdom.Britain's ties to Saudi Arabia have come under greater scrutiny in recent months as concerns mount over human rights, including Saudi plans to crucify activist Mohammed al-Nimr and flog prominent blogger Raif Badawi.Saudi Arabia is Britain's most important trade partner in the Middle East and was its biggest market for arms exports last year.Gove told parliament Tuesday that even though the bid had been dropped Britain would continue to work closely with Saudi Arabia."While we would never compromise our commitment to human rights ... we should continue with the necessary security cooperation with the Saudi government," Gove said.He added that the government had "profound concerns" about human rights in Saudi Arabia, but that Britain must be allowed to use diplomacy to make progress on the issue.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE