Sunak encourages MBS to ‘support stability in region’

UK PM Rishi Sunak and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed the “loss of innocent lives in Israel and Gaza over the last two weeks has been horrific” in their meeting, the PM’s spokesman has said.

Sunak, who touched down in Riyadh earlier, encouraged Saudi Arabia to use its influence to “support stability” in the Middle East, according to a statement by the PM’s spokesman.

Sunak and bin Salman “underscored the need to avoid any further escalation” and for co-ordinated action to achieve this aim.

“The prime minister and crown prince agreed on the pressing need for humanitarian access into Gaza to provide vital water, food and medicine”, the statement added.