RIYADH Dec 11 British Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson reiterated Britain's close ties to Saudi Arabia on a
visit on Sunday and said candour was also important, days after
making comments widely seen as critical of the conservative Gulf
He said in a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign
Minister Adel al-Jubeir that he had deep concern for Yemeni
suffering but recognised Riyadh faced a grave threat from that
country's conflict, in which the kingdom is leading a coalition
of Arab forces against an Iranian-allied Yemeni group.
"I'm here to emphasise the friendship that exists between
the UK and Saudi Arabia, and that is something that is
developing and expanding," Johnson said.
"And it's also fair to say that we believe in candour in our
relationship. Now is the time for us to talk about the positive
things that we are doing together."
(Reporting by Katie Paul; Writing by Maha El Dahan and William
Maclean; Editing by Louise Ireland)