Theresa May attacks Jeremy Corbyn over sympathizing with Iran
UK Prime Minister said that opposition Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn should never be PM because his sympathies were with Iran over recent tanker attacks.
Iran Press/Europe: “When people were killed in Salisbury, his sympathies were with Russia. When terrorists were killing our people, his sympathies were with the IRA (Irish Republican Army). In the recent tanker attacks in the Persian Gulf, his sympathies were with Iran, He never backs Britain and he should never be prime minister," Theresa May noted according to the Sky news.
UK Prime Minister accusations against Iran came as leaked audio of a phone conversation between two MKO members reveals Saudi Arabia has colluded with them to blame Iran for the recent tanker attacks in the Persian Gulf.
Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn pressed May over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with an independent UN human rights expert recommending an investigation into the possible role of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
May said she wants to see “accountability” for the “horrific murder”, with the issue raised with Saudi leaders.
On Jun. 26, a UN report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that points the finger of blame at the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was presented at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Jeremy Corbyn also questioned why the UK has supplied Saudi Arabia with more than £4.5 billion of “deadly” weapons and insisted a Court of Appeal judgment should act as a “wake-up call”.
The Government announced last week that it would temporarily halt the granting of new licenses to export arms to Saudi Arabia following a landmark legal victory for campaigners, which saw the Court of Appeal say continuing to license military equipment for export to the Gulf state was unlawful.
Thousands of people have been killed in Yemen’s civil war.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Corbyn raised concerns over the behaviour of Saudi Arabia before adding: “But the UK has supplied them with over £4.5 billion of deadly weapons – UK weapons which have been used in indiscriminate attacks on civilians in which over 200,000 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands more stand on the brink of famine, of starvation and deaths from wholly preventable diseases.
“Surely the Court of Appeal judgment should be a wake-up call to the Prime Minister and the Government. So instead of appealing the judgment, why not accept it and stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia now and bring about peace in Yemen and save those lives.”
May said the UK is working to bring about peace and defended the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, before telling MPs: “Let’s just look at some of the relationships (Mr Corbyn) supports.
Corbyn then asked if the Prime Minister would answer “yes or no” to whether she believed there were human rights violations in Yemen.
Labour party leader said: “Germany, as an EU member state, has banned arms exports to Saudi Arabia. So has Denmark, and both the US Senate and House of Representatives have voted to ban arms exports as well.
“The UN describes the situation as, and I quote, ‘humanity’s biggest preventable disaster’ and the Government deems it fit to continue selling arms to Saudi Arabia during that situation,” Corbyn noted.
May said these issues are considered “very carefully” when dealing with arms export licenses before criticizing Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton Kemptown), who was forced to seek the removal of a Houthi group-linked speaker invited to Parliament for a discussion on the civil war in Yemen after allegations of anti-Semitism. 101/201