UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt visits Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday to press for an end to the war at Yemen and Also to call Saudi leaders to cooperate with an investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The trip comes at a time when Riyadh, already under scrutiny for civilian deaths in Yemen air raids, is confronting worldwide criticism and possible sanctions within the murder of Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate on October 2.
The United Kingdom has known for a”credible” research into Khashoggi’s killing, and it has pushed for fresh actions in the UN Security Council to attempt to end hostilities in Yemen and find a political solution to the war .
“The human cost of warfare in Yemen is incalculable: With countless displaced, famine and disease rife, and many years of bloodshed, the only real solution is presently a political choice to put aside arms and pursue peace,” Hunt said in a statement.
“So now I’m travelling into the Gulf to need that all sides devote to this procedure.”
Hunt’s remarks come as Saudi-Emirati endorsed forces intensified fighting against the Houthi rebelsfor management of this strategic port city of Hodeidah.
Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, noted that 80 percent of food and medicine comes through the essential interface along with the combating threatens to cut those much-needed materials.
“What we are seeing in the Saudis and Emiratis would be to actually recapture Hodeidah before possible peace talks which are scheduled to the end of the year. That is the plan general, but obviously it comes at a huge price to civilians,” Momani told Al Jazeera.
The UK’s international ministry stated Hunt would fulfill Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen and Foreign Minister Khaled Al Yamani.
Hunt, the first British minister to see Saudi Arabia because Khashoggi’s murder, could also call to the Saudi government to do more to provide justice and responsibility for his loved ones.
“The worldwide community stay united in horror and outrage at the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi a month ago. It’s clearly unacceptable that the entire circumstances behind his refusal nevertheless stay unclear,” he explained.
“We invite the Saudi government to collaborate fully with all the Turkish investigation into his death that we provide justice because of his loved ones and the seeing world.”
Momani stated the killing has placed governments that provide weapons on the Saudis – including the USA and the UK – at a situation where they might be made to block arms transfers.
“The passing of Jamal Khashoggi has increased global awareness on Saudi foreign policy,” she explained.