Boris Johnson shouldn’t cosy up to the new Saudi crown prince

June 22, 2017

Image of Boris Johnson and Mohammed bin Salam

Boris Johnson and Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet in Saudi Arabia in December 2016

British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has released a statement welcoming the appointment of the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, a man who has defended mass executions and other human rights abuses.

In his statement, the Foreign Secretary described the “longstanding and close partnership” with Saudi Arabia and stated that Saudi Arabia is “pressing ahead with ambitious social and economic reforms”.

Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, said:

“Boris Johnson has fallen for the Saudi spin. As three juvenile protesters remain under threat of imminent execution, the Foreign Secretary has congratulated Prince Mohammed on “social reforms”. Reform in Saudi Arabia is a myth and the new crown prince has shown himself to be no different from his father the King, whose human rights abuses he has regularly defended. Boris should be standing up to Saudi Arabia not cosying up to this future dictator.”


Notes to Editors

  1. Repreive’s statement on the appointment of the crown prince is here.
  2. Boris Johnson’s full statement is here.