Jordan and Saudi Arabia: Religious Freedom

(asked on 1st February 2023) - View Source

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) Jordan, and (2) Saudi Arabia, on the admission and freedom of worship of Jews in those countries.

Answered by
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
This question was answered on 15th February 2023

We have not raised the freedom of worship of Jews as a standalone issue in either Saudi Arabia or Jordan. However the UK discusses Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and wider human rights on a regular basis with the Saudi and Jordanian authorities. Promoting the right to FoRB is a longstanding human rights priority for the UK and we will continue to engage with governments, civil societies and human rights groups to ensure that people of all faiths, including Jews, are able to practice their religion without persecution or fear.

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