The British government has no
indication of "serious instability" in Saudi Arabia, Foreign
Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday.
Asked how confident he was about Saudi Arabia's longer term
stability, Hague told a parliamentary committee: "It is hard to
foresee ... what happens in any of the nations of the Middle
"They are all introducing various degrees of reforms or
various degrees of improvements to the lives of their own
populations as a response to what has happened," he said.
"We have no indications of serious instability at the moment
in Saudi Arabia. There have been some demonstrations," he said.
Last month, King Abdullah unveiled handouts worth an estimated $37bn to ease social pressures.
Saudi Arabia, a US ally, has escaped
protests like those across the Arab world, but some dissent has built
up as unrest has spread in neighboring Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman.
activists had slated March 11 as the first day for mass protests around
the country in favor of democratic government and a constitutional
rather than absolute monarchy.
a religious ruling banning demonstrations and a heavy police crackdown
appeared to have intimidated most potential protesters.
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