The International Relations Committee takes evidence from the UK’s Minister for the Middle East and Africa.
Thursday 2 March, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster
- Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for the Middle East and Africa
- Would you agree with the characterisation that the UK has retracted from its long standing positions in the Middle East, including support for the two-state solution and the UN Refugee Convention?
- What are the UK's key strategic aims in the region given the number and scale of its challenges?
- The weakening of international institutions in the region has become particularly evident in Syria, how do you view this trend?
- In light of the public and parliamentary concerns relating to UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, would you agree that the current course is untenable?
- Is there a way the UK could fire a 'warning shot' to Saudi Arabia, short of a full suspension of arms sales?
- Are you satisfied that the UK has the right balance in supporting Gulf allies and its pursuit of other foreign policy objectives in the region?
- How do you think the threat of aggressive non-state actors and alliances with Jihadi groups in the region should be managed? Would this be through traditional national security measures?