From Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development
To Stephen Twigg MP, Chair
Thank you very much for your letter of 2 February on the crisis in Yemen. I welcome the International Development Committee’s attention to one of the world’s most serious humanitarian crises, and I look forward to receiving the Committee’s formal report.
Addressing the crisis in Yemen continues to be a top priority for DFID. We will maintain our focus on supporting the peace talks to end the conflict; increasing commercial imports of food, fuel and medical supplies; improving humanitarian access; and strengthening the international community’s response to the crisis.
In this regard, I am very pleased that the Committee has recognised the important leadership role that DFID has played so far and commended our timely and flexible response.
I have noted your serious concerns about the UK Government’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia and their impact in Yemen. I have asked the Foreign Secretary to reply to you on these points, which I understand he is about to do.
29 April 2016