Cost of visit to pay respects to King Abdullah sparks fury as it underlines links to kingdom amid human rights worries

Environmental and human rights groups have expressed outrage that the UK taxpayer spent more than £100,000 sending David Cameron to Saudi Arabia to pay his respects following the death of its king in January.

The huge sum, which dwarfs the amount spent sending the prime minister on other trips overseas, is revealed in new information released by the Cabinet Office showing the cost of all the prime minister’s trips overseas between July 2014 and March 2015. They confirm that on 24 January Cameron and four others took a charter flight to Saudi Arabia “to pay condolences following death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz”. The total cost of the trip to the taxpayer was listed as £101,792. In contrast, Cameron and five others flew to Australia last November to attend the G20 meetings at a cost of £13,290.

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Source: Guardian Environment