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31 Oct, 2018 18:37

Boris Johnson was treated by Saudis to £14,000 trip two weeks before Khashoggi murder

Boris Johnson was treated by Saudis to £14,000 trip two weeks before Khashoggi murder

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took part in a £14,000 all-expenses-paid trip to Saudi Arabia, two weeks before the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s Istanbul consulate, parliamentary papers revealed.

Johnson flew to Jeddah on September 19, for a three-day visit, where he reportedly was treated to accommodation, food and travel by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

An entry in the Commons register of members' interests read that Johnson’s goal was "meeting with regional figures to promote education for women and girls.”

Johnson was widely condemned on Twitter, with the Mirror newspaper even referring to him as a “lying toad.”

The Brexiteer had quit as Foreign Secretary in July, over May’s handling of Brexit negotiations.

During his time as Foreign Secretary, Johnson refused to back halting arms sales to Saudi who were –and are still– carrying out a devastating air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. He was also accused by human rights groups of blocking a UN investigation into Saudi war crimes committed in Yemen.

The UK government’s support of Saudi Arabia has so far not wavered, even when their US counterparts are questioning their ties to the Kingdom and calling for a ceasefire in Yemen.

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