The UK urges China to “use its influence” to end Houthi attacks in the Red Sea

Madrid, February 17 (European Press) –

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron asked his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, for his cooperation to end attacks by Yemeni Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, after a meeting on the sidelines of the security conference in Munich (Germany).

A statement published on the website of the British Foreign Office explained that “the Foreign Secretary urged China to use its influence on Iran to put pressure on the Houthis regarding their actions in the Red Sea.”

Cameron used the bilateral meeting to convey to his Chinese counterpart “unambiguously the UK’s position on a series of areas of disagreement, including the human rights situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.” In this sense, he raised the issue of British parliamentarians subject to sanctions imposed by China, and reiterated his call for the release of media mogul and opposition leader Jimmy Lai.

This request was made, the memo justifies, “consistent with the government’s approach of ‘protecting, aligning and engaging China’.”

For his part, the head of Chinese diplomacy called on the British executive authority to further strategic cooperation, as well as to perform its due duties as permanent members of the UN Security Council with regard to maintaining global security and peace. The agency reported, citing statements by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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