Boris Johnson doesn’t rule out deploying troops in Yemen but ‘conditions would have to be very different’

Boris Johnson has not ruled out deploying troops in Yemen as part of a future United Nations mission, but stressed conditions in the war-torn country would have to be “very different”.

The comments came as Tobias Ellwood —  the Conservative chair of the foreign affairs committee — asked the prime minister whether Britain would be willing to provide troops for a UN international stabilisation force in the region.

“A ceasefire has been put forward by Saudi Arabia, a possible political solution could be secured. We are the UN security councils penholder,” Mr Ellwood said.

Quizzing Mr Johnson, the former defence minister asked: “Would be willing to provide troops if are requested for a UN stabilisation force?”

The prime minister told MPs at the Commons liaison committee there had been “no specific request or suggestion” for  UK engagement “but it’s certainly something that we’d be prepared to look at if the conditions were right”.

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