UK's relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain inquiry begins

22 January 2013

This is the first in a series of oral evidence sessions for the Committee’s inquiry.

The first panel will consider the UK Government’s policies for the Gulf, its interests and relationships in the region generally and its approach to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in particular. In the second panel the Committee will focus on the UK’s long and evolving bilateral relationship with Bahrain, as well as the UK Government's response to the recent protests and instability in Bahrain.

It is expected that future evidence sessions will focus upon other aspects of the inquiry, including trade, defence and human rights. Witnesses will be confirmed and announced nearer the time.

Some of the written evidence received for the inquiry can be accessed via the Committee's webpage.

More written evidence will be published shortly.


Tuesday 22 January 2013

At 2.30pm, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

  • Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House
  • Dr Neil Partrick, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute

At 3.30pm

  • Sir Roger Tomkys, former British Ambassador to Bahrain (1981-1984), President of the British Society for Middle East Studies (1994-2000) and Chairman, of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (2004-2010)
  • Robin Lamb, former British Ambassador to Bahrain (2003-2006), current Director General at the Libyan British Business Council

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