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Johnson says Saudi Arabia is a 'puppeteer' in Middle East proxy wars - The Guardian

Boris Johnson accused Saudi Arabia of abusing Islam and acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars throughout the Middle East, in remarks that flout a longstanding Foreign Office convention not to criticise the UK's allies in public. The foreign secretary ...and more »

Allies defend Boris Johnson after No 10 disowns Saudi remarks - The Guardian

Boris Johnson's allies have spoken up to defend the under-pressure foreign secretary, saying he was right to accuse Saudi Arabia of waging “proxy wars” in the Middle East, despite Downing Street disowning the remarks. Several Conservative MPs defended ...and more »

Boris Johnson's allies say May is 'threatened' by him as Saudi Arabia feud escalates - Business Insider

LONDON — The row between Boris Johnson and Theresa May escalated further last night after the Foreign Secretary's allies said that Downing Street was trying to undermine him because it feels "threatened" by him. The feud erupted on Thursday after the ...and more »

This time it's Saudi Arabia: even when Boris Johnson gets it right, he's wrong - The Guardian

Boris Johnson's criticisms of Saudi Arabia's illegal bombing in Yemen and lethal proxy war with Iran in Syria are broadly accurate. Sadly, they do not signal a shift in British policy – as the government's statement distancing itself from his comments ...and more »

Why some papers kept quiet about Boris Johnson's row with Theresa May - The Guardian

Big story on the inside pages of the Times and Sun. But no comment from either paper. Photograph: Clipshare. News editors at BBC TV and ITV thought the Guardian's revelation on Thursday of Boris Johnson's statement about Saudi Arabia fighting a proxy ...and more »

Boris Johnson doesn't deserve our mockery for calling out Saudi Arabia – he deserves our admiration - The Independent

Look everybody – we've got an ethical foreign policy run by a liberal Foreign Secretary. Instead of dropping real bombs, he's dropping truth bombs. Surely that's good news? OK, everyone's laughing at Boris again. This time his “undiplomatic” language ...and more »

UK govt. distances itself from Boris Johnson Saudi Arabia comments - Deutsche Welle

The UK government has again called into question the Foreign Secretary's ability to speak on its behalf. His comments on Saudi Arabia, critics argue, could undermine the UK's support for Riyadh in Yemen. Großbritanien Pro-EU-Kolumne von Boris Johnson ...and more »

Boris Johnson Lashes Out at Saudi Arabia and Gets Stung at Home - New York Times

LONDON — Boris Johnson, Britain's famously undiplomatic chief diplomat, finally seems to have gone too far. In an unusual upbraiding of a foreign secretary by a sitting prime minister, Downing Street on Thursday was forced to issue a statement that Mr ...and more »

Boris Johnson may be better off in another job, says Malcolm Rifkind - The Guardian

The former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said Boris Johnson had deviated from government policy. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian. Boris Johnson may be more suited to another cabinet position after his criticism of Saudi Arabia, which ...and more »

May's put-downs leave some muttering darkly about an anti-Johnson plot - The Guardian

Some say May has been enjoying Johnson's recent gaffes a little too much. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/PA. Few Conservative MPs were surprised when Theresa May distanced herself from Boris Johnson's comments about Saudi Arabia and Iran waging “proxy wars ...and more »