Saudi Arabia defends ‘just’ Yemen war ahead of UK visit

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir

:: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday 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,” Adel Al-Jubeir told BBC Radio 4.

“They criticize us for a war in Yemen that is a just war, that is supported by international law,” he added.

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.

The Saudi Crown Prince is expected in London on Wednesday following his visit to Egypt earlier this week, and before a trip to the United States from March 19 to 22.

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