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Minister for the Middle East gives evidence to Committee

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28 February 2017

The International Relations Committee takes evidence from the UK’s Minister for the Middle East and Africa.

Witnesses

Thursday 2 March, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 11.30am

  • Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for the Middle East and Africa

Possible questions

  • 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?

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