A new report reveals that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urged the UK government to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia even after a deadly airstrike on a funeral in Yemen last October that killed over 140 people.
In a letter dated one month after the Saudi bombing, which sparked global condemnation, Johnson pressed Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox to continue sending weapons to Saudi Arabia, according to the Guardian newspaper.
“I am aware you have deferred a decision on four export license applications to supply the Royal Saudi Air Force with equipment which could be used in the conflict in Yemen,” Johnson wrote.
“The issue is extremely finely balanced, but I judge at present the Saudis appear committed both to improving processes and to taking action to address failures/individual incidents,” the foreign secretary wrote.
Fox delayed signing off on further weapons exports to the Saudi air force following the…