UK Diplomats Failed to Disclose Their Own Arab Links

(Telegraph-UK) Chris Hastings, David Bamber, and Roya Nikkhah - Some of the 52 former British diplomats who condemned Tony Blair's policies in the Middle East have business links with Arab governments. Several of the key signatories, including Oliver Miles, the former British ambassador to Libya who instigated the letter, are paid by pro-Arab organizations. Some of the others hold positions in companies seeking lucrative Middle East contracts, while others have unpaid positions with pro-Arab organizations. Sir Archie Lamb, a former ambassador to Kuwait, is a paid director of the international section of the Bank of Kuwait. Sir Graham Boyce, another former ambassador to Kuwait, is vice-chairman of VT International Services, part of the VT group, which has contracts with the Qatar navy, the United Arab Emirates, the Jordanian navy, and the Egyptian navy. Sir Alan Munro, a former British ambassador to Algeria, admitted that he had a "salaried position" advising companies on how to break into the Saudi Arabian market.

2004-05-05 00:00:00

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