LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Prime Minister of Britain Boris Johnson will ask Saudi Arabia to condemn Russia and its aggression against Ukraine in talks later this week, Johnson’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
Asked if Johnson will ask Saudi Arabia to condemn Putin’s actions in Ukraine, the spokesman said: “Absolutely”.
“We certainly want to broaden the coalition against Putin’s actions,” the spokesman told reporters.
In related news, BoJo is preparing for a “daunting diplomatic mission” to Saudi Arabia, where he will discuss “a wide range of issues, not just energy supply” while simultaneously criticizing Riyadh about this weekend’s “mass execution”.
The UK denounced the beheadings, with Foreign Office minister Amanda Milling saying the UK was “shocked” by the news.
“No aspect of our relationship with Saudi Arabia prevents us from speaking frankly about human rights,” Milling told the House of Commons, adding that the UK “strongly opposes” the death penalty.
Of course, if BoJo has a prayer of convincing the Saudis to pump beyond their OPEC quota, he probably will need to offer some concessions to a Kingdom that’s still remembers the international backlash to the killing of regime insider-turned-dissident Jamal Kashoggi.
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