I share your concerns regarding the crisis in Yemen and the plight of the Yemeni people who are caught up in the conflict. That is why I am immensely proud of the UK leading the international community to do more to respond to this crisis. Since the conflict started, the UK has committed £970 million of funding, which has helped meet the immediate needs of millions of Yemenis, treated thousands of children for malnutrition and provided over one million people with improved water supply and basic sanitation.
A military solution to this conflict will lead to unnecessary deaths and misery, only through a political settlement can long term peace be achieved. I assure you that the UK is not a party to the military conflict as part of the Saudi-led coalition, and until the Government retakes export license decisions in line with the Court of Appeal’s judgement, or a successful appeal against the judgement concludes, the Government is under an obligation not to grant any new licences to export items to Saudi Arabia for possible use in the conflict in Yemen.
The UK has been at the forefront of international efforts to bring a peaceful solution to the appalling conflict in Yemen. I welcome the unilateral ceasefire by Saudi Arabia on the 8th April, which has been extended, and it is more important than ever that all parties seize this opportunity for progress. I hope for a positive resolution and will advocate for a peaceful result through the necessary channels of communication.