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No excuses for Saudi Arabia's behaviour

It isn't Syria where a man gets sentenced to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing atheism, or a victim of a violent gang-rape is sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail for the crimes of indecency and speaking to the Press.

Instead of illegally instigating regime change in Saudi Arabia, as we did elsewhere, we sell this country billions of pounds worth of military hardware and we train their airforce, which has recently been bombing Yemen.

Foreign Affairs Minister Alan Duncan recently said Saudi Arabia "is not a dictatorship" and in response to the idea of regime change in Saudi Arabia he said: "What will replace them would be far, far worse. It's like Isis on every street corner and you get more than heads chopped off in public."

According to this logic, the UK should seek regime change in Syria, which had an election in 2014 - something of a novelty in Saudi Arabia. We should sell arms and provide diplomatic support to Saudi Arabia, which, like Isis, carries out public beheadings and which Wikileaks discovered was funding Isis, but if there was ever any regime change would be transformed into something worse.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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