British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says it is time for the UK to hold "difficult conversations" with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states of the Persian Gulf in the wake of the London terror attack.
Terror on and near the London Bridge left at least seven people dead and wounded almost 50 others on Saturday. "Yes, we do need to have some difficult conversations starting with Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology," Corbyn said in Carlisle, north England.
Salman Abedi, who murdered 23 people at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last month and Khalid Masood, who carried out the attack on Westminster Bridge in March that left five dead, using a similar modus operandi to Saturday’s attack, were both known to the security service but not part of any active investigation or regarded as a high risk and viewed as peripheral figures.
MI5 launched inquiries into how it missed the danger posed by Abedi, amid claims his interest in being a potential terrorist bomber was repeatedly reported to the authorities.
But perhaps more worryingly is the fact that principal funder and fountain head of Takfiri terrorism remains Britain's biggest ally in the region and Britain continues to provide the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with weapons, heavy artillery as well as diplomatic support- leading some to question whether the UK really wants to tackle terrorism?