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Issue No. 2240

‘There will be a very, very, very heavy ministerial commitment to arms sales. There is a sense that in the past we were rather embarrassed about exporting defence products. There is no such embarrassment in this government’

Peter Luff, defence equipment minister, speaking at a defence show last year

'We do have strong defence relationships with countries in the region... Some of the defence relationships we have had in the Gulf have been very much in Britain’s interests’

David Cameron justifies selling arms to dictators

‘Oil is being bought on the risk that this contagion will spread through the Middle East. This effect is a knee-jerk reaction to the fact that this could spread’

Jonathan Barratt, managing director of Commodity Broking Services Pty in Sydney, this week

‘For us, he is a personal family friend. I first met him around four years ago at Number 10. Since then I’ve met him several times in Libya where he stays with my father’

Dictator’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi on Tony Blair’s visits to the Libyan tyrant

‘In general, oil markets prefer stability. The best case scenario...would be for unrest to calm. That might be at odds with the populace’

Stephen Jones, vice president, market services, Purvin & Gertz, an energy consultancy from Houston, Texas, told Al Jazeera

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Tue 22 Feb 2011, 17:52 GMT
Issue No. 2240
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