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UK Government Must Act Now to Avert Disaster in Yemen

WASHINGTON - Mike Pompeo and James Matthis, two of the key foreign policy makers in the US, have called for a ceasefire in the war on Yemen. It is regrettable that it has taken the killing of journalist Jamal Khasoggi for this call to be made. Tens of thousands of people have already been killed and immense suffering has been caused in the war led by Western ally Saudi Arabia and in which both US and Britain are involved.

The call provides an opportunity for action to bring this suffering to an end. It is crucial now that this call is taken up by the British government and that Britain and the US end all arms sales and diplomatic support for Saudi Arabia. Jeremy Hunt has the opportunity to announce such moves at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee today.

As the UN has recently reported, if the war continues it will generate the worst humanitarian crisis anywhere in the world since World War 2. Decisive action by the British government to end all support for the Saudi regime could help avert this disaster. The Stop the War Coalition demands that that action is taken now.

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