Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia, speak to crown prince
Riyadh: Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia, speak to crown prince
RIYADH: British Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit Saudi Arabia for talks on Wednesday with its crown prince over the war in Yemen.
May’s visit is expected to include her asking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow “full” humanitarian aid and commercial shipments through Yemen’s port of Hodeidah, which is held by the Shiite militias being targeted in the Saudi-led war.
A UN-chartered aid vessel docked at Hodeidah on Tuesday.
“We are very clear that we want to see full humanitarian and commercial access through the port of Hodeidah,” May said Tuesday. “Obviously that is an issue I will be raising when I am in Saudi Arabia.”
Saudi Arabia closed off Yemen’s seaports and airports over a Nov. 4 rebel ballistic-missile launch that targeted the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The kingdom said it intercepted the missile, the deepest yet to penetrate the country. Saudi Arabia later reopened the ports for humanitarian aid.