'The Government has been attacked for allowing £4.6bn arms sales with Saudi Arabia amid calls for the Middle Eastern kingdom to end its blockade of Yemen.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said regime must “stop killing children” as he condemned the Government for failing to suspend sell arms to Riyadh during the devastating three-year conflict in Yemen.
Theresa May’s de-facto deputy Damian Green – who stood in during Prime Minister’s Questions – said the UK had “one of the most rigorous and robust defence sales regimes in the world”.
It comes as Ms May faced pressure to raise the humanitarian crisis during a three-day trip to the Middle East, where she will hold talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Thousands of people have been killed in the conflict in Yemen, which pitches a Saudi-led coalition in favour of the internationally recognised Government against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Mr Blackford, the Skye, Ross and Lochaber MP, said: “The UK Government has received £4.6bn in selling arms to Saudi Arabia, since the war in Yemen began.
“A war which has created a devastating humanitarian crisis. Yemen is now on the brink of famine and Unicef has said 150,000 children will die by the end of this year.
“Don’t you agree that the best thing the Prime Minister can do with her meetings today is follow the example of the Netherlands and suspend licences for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and stop killing children?”'
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