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Ties with Saudi Arabia give UK leeway to push for peace in Yemen - Hunt

Ties with Saudi Arabia give UK leeway to push for peace in Yemen - Hunt
Britain's Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt speaks about "Britain's Role in a Post-Brexit World" at the Fullerton Lecture in Singapore January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su Copyright EDGAR SU(Reuters)
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BERLIN (Reuters) - UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday defended Britain's close ties with Saudi Arabia, saying they give Britain leeway in trying to solve the war in Yemen.

Speaking during a visit to Berlin, Hunt said the "strategic relationship that the UK has with Saudi Arabia is what allows us to have a huge influence in bringing about peace in Yemen."

He added: "Britain and Germany have the same objectives, but we need to be able to continue that strategic relationship in order to make sure that there is a European voice at the table doing everything we can to press for peace."

(Reporting by Michelle Martin and Madeline Chambers; Writing by Joseph Nasr)

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