“We’re bullish about Britain”: Adel Al-Jubeir

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LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has defended his country’s “just” war in Yemen, on the eve of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s controversial visit to Britain.
“They criticize us for a war in Yemen that we did not want, that was imposed on us. They criticize us for a war in Yemen that is a just war that is supported by international law” Adel Al-Jubeir told BBC Radio 4.
Turning to Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” plan to diversify its oil-reliant economy, Al-Jubeir said that Britain would be a major beneficiary.
“After Brexit, there will be huge opportunities for Britain as a result of Vision 2030,” he told the BBC. Saudi Arabia is the UK’s largest trading partner in the Middle East with the flow of goods and services between the two countries in 2016 worth more than £8 billion. Britain could be a major beneficiary of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic plan to diversify the economy away from oil, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said.
“After Brexit, there will be huge opportunities for Britain as a result of Vision 2030,” he stated. Meanwhile, talking to Sky News, Adel al Jubeir said that Britain can expect an even stronger relationship with Saudi Arabia after Brexit.
“We’re bullish about Britain” he told Sky News. Asked whether Britain can rely on Saudi Arabia after Brexit, Mr al Jubeir was unequivocal. “Without a doubt. Our countries have been allies for many, many years. Our countries have relied on each other in many areas and I don’t expect this to change,” he said. Once Britain has left the European Union, he said the alliance will only strengthen. “I expect this to increase and to become even stronger,” he added.