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Sudan: Paramilitary Forces

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 72419, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether arms and equipment provided by the UK to the Saudi and Emirati Governments may have been acquired by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

16 November 2021

The UK takes its export control responsibilities and obligations extremely seriously. We assess all export licence applications in accordance with strict licensing criteria. These criteria include prohibitions under arms embargoes and an assessment on the risk of diversion. We work closely with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Sudan and, along with the US, issued a Sudan Quad statement on 3 November calling for the full and immediate restoration of Sudan's civilian-led transitional government following the military coup on 25 October.

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