UK shares Saudi concerns over Iranian threats, says UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
Abu Dhabi: British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has confirmed his country shares Saudi Arabia’s concerns over Iranian threats, according to local media.
Raab said British officials were putting their Saudi counterparts in the spotlight ahead of the Vienna talks related to Iran’s nuclear dossier, stressing: beholden. “
Regarding navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, Raab said: “Freedom of navigation and nuclear weapons are linked to the world system, and it is not a personal matter, linked to one specific party only. “
The British Foreign Secretary called for Iran to be held accountable for what he called “malicious activity”.
On the situation in Yemen, Dominic Raab said: “The hostile behavior of Al Houthis and Iranians must be reduced”, revealing that his country is cooperating with Riyadh to counter cyber attacks.
Raab spoke about the existing cooperation between Britain and Saudi Arabia to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in the medical and logistics areas, to raise awareness about the fight against the virus, to limit its spread and to supply Saudi Arabia Saudi vaccines.
He said: “Anglo-Saudi cooperation extends to environmental affairs and the fight against climate change. Saudi Arabia and Britain are moving towards more renewable energy production in pursuit of a green future. “
He praised the green initiatives launched by the Saudi crown prince, calling them essential.
Raab met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the kingdom on Monday and discussed Iran in addition to bilateral ties and climate change, the British Foreign Office said.
“The UK reaffirms our commitment to address our common security challenges, including Iranian threats and the continuing conflict in Yemen,” Raab said in a Foreign Office statement, adding that Riyadh was a close friend and a long time partner.
Saudi Arabia has urged world powers to strike a stronger, longer lasting deal during talks in Vienna that aim to bring the United States and Iran back into full compliance with the pact.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said in a Twitter post that the kingdom’s de facto ruler and the British minister discussed efforts to strengthen regional security and stability as well as joint cooperation in various fields.
Saudi Arabia is at the head of a military coalition fighting Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which has launched missile and drone attacks on the kingdom.
Raad, who also met his Saudi counterpart, discussed trade and climate change and raised human rights concerns “including around justice reform and media freedom of expression” , said the Foreign Ministry.