British Prime Minster Theresa May is “positioning herself in defense of grand war criminals” in order to boost her country’s economy, according to a political commentator in London, but “you can’t base growth or even the future of the country on war crimes.”
“The only reason why she he is arguing that because Britain is leaving the European Union, and then Britain needs to find basically new markets to be able to boost its economy,” said Catherine Shakdam, the programs director of Shafaqna Institute for Mideast Studies.
Shafaqna made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday while talking about May’s hopes to tap Saudi Arabia’s “immense potential” to boost UK economy.
The analyst stated that May is “OK with basically boosting Britain’s economy on the blood of the innocent,” referring to the people dying in result of the Saudi war on Yemen and other Riyadh-sponsored conflicts in the Middle East region.
“I am hoping that it’s a non-argument because you can’t base growth or even the future of the country on war crimes,” the commentator continued.
All this has put the British premier in a position where “she is promoting fascism,” she pointed out.
While meeting in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, May defended the British relationship with Saudi Arabia amid growing calls to pressure the Middle Eastern kingdom over its military campaign in Yemen and human rights record.
Shafaqna said, “They [Saudis] are buying out Western nations’ silence, and they are buying out world institutions.”
“They are promoting and kind of lobbying different Western capitals to continue their sickening agenda in the Middle East and across the Islamic world,” she noted.
The UK exported more than £6.5 billion in goods and services to Saudi Arabia in 2015, making it Britain’s largest trading partner in the Middle East.
Britain has also been one of the biggest suppliers of weapons to Riyadh for 40 years, an issue that has come under close scrutiny because of the war in Yemen, which has killed more than 12,000 people, at least half of them civilians.