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Saudi Arabia

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking (a) to protect UK citizens in Saudi Arabia and (b) to establish support and advice for families of those affected by the terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia.[114510]

Both before and since the bombings in Riyadh on 12 May 2003, we have worked closely with the Saudi authorities on security measures to protect British nationals in Saudi Arabia. A team from the Metropolitan Police (MPS) has since travelled to Riyadh to provide advice and assistance to the Ambassador. Our staff in Saudi Arabia are in touch with the British community directly and through regular meetings with the warden network to pass on as quickly as possible relevant information and advice—including on security. Our travel advice is kept under constant review to make sure that it reflects the latest information available to us.

Our Embassy in Riyadh has been in touch with those in Saudi Arabia affected by the attack. It has been reinforced by a Rapid Deployment Team, which is talking to those affected to assess what additional support we might usefully be able to provide.