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UK tries to free men in Saudi jail

A Foreign Office minister confirmed for the first time yesterday that the government is negotiating with Saudi Arabia for the release of six Britons detained for bomb attacks on westerners. Bill Rammell told the Commons that the talks were at a “sensitive stage”. Reacting to criticism that the Foreign Office had not publicly done enough to resolve the case, he said: “We would not be pursuing this course of action unless we felt it would bring a result.” His remarks echo comments made last month by Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi ambassador to London, who said negotiations were designed to keep the relationship between Britain and Saudi Arabia on a friendly basis. Mr Rammell was responding to an adjournment debate brought by John Pugh, the Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, whose constituent David Brown lost his sight and a hand in one of the explosions. Full Story

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