PressTV-UK-Saudi aid deal ‘national disgrace’

Britain’s shadow aid secretary blasts London for inking a hefty aid deal with Saudi Arabia with the purported aim of creating infrastructure in poor countries at a time when the Riyadh regime is killing Yemeni people and has pushed their country, the poorest in the Arabian Peninsula, into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The £100-million ($138-million) agreement, the first of its kind, was signed between the UK government and Saudi Arabia’s KS Relief during a visit to London by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the British PoliticsHome website, which reports on parliamentary affairs, reported on Friday.

The government has defended the controversial deal as a “new long-term partnership” to promote economic development in some of the world’s poorest countries.

However, the UK’s opposition and aid sector have reacted angrily to the deal amid growing concerns over Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in neighboring…

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