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UK PM’s planned Saudi trip comes under fire

Amina Taylor
Press TV, London

The figures were stark even for those used to dealing with sobering news coming out of Riyadh, the news that the kingdom had executed 81 individuals with little fanfare. 

The news that British PM Boris Johnson would be travelling to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman could not have come at a more politically sensitive time.

Various officials, including the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, attempted to justify the trip by saying Britain had a "very candid and frank" relationship with the Persian Gulf state with Downing Street adding the UK was still against the death penalty.

Britain has entered into some questionable partnerships to secure its interests in the past and is able to turn a blind eye when it’s convenient for London. But, the decision to send the British PM to Saudi Arabia in the immediate aftermath of a controversial mass execution seems a baffling one.

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