The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

✚ Cameron Gulf tour to mend trade links

Cameron Gulf tour to mend trade links

From the FT:

Mr Cameron will sidestep concerns over regional security and human rights as he pushes British military exports in an effort to get the UK economy moving again. Although the prime minister is expected to raise issues such as Saudi Arabia’s record on suppressing minorities and political opponents, the overwhelming focus of the trip will be commercial.

A Downing Street adviser said: “Pushing commercial interests and promoting human rights go hand-in-hand. But it is worth noting that Saudi Arabia recently came very high on the Human Development Index.”

Worth noting!