Germany freezes arms sales to Saudi Arabia

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Read: 525     12:25     23 October 2018    

Germany committed on Sunday to freezing weapon exports to Saudi Arabia.


Addressing members of the ruling Christian Democratic Party (CDU), German Chancellor Angela Merkelcondemned the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, urged for clarity as to what happened and made clear that arms sales will-be put-on hold.

In doing so, she echoed foreign minister Heiko Maas, who called for a freeze of weapon exports to Saudi Arabia while addressing Social Democratic youth.

Germany was due to deliver approved €416 million worth of weapon systems in 2018. For 2018, Saudi Arabia was the second biggest client for Germany after Algeria (€400 million).

German authorities have not clarified whether deliveries on sales made in previous years will proceed as scheduled.

The German decision is consistent with the grand coalition agreement that no weapons will be sold to the countries involved in the Yemen conflict, which includes Saudi Arabia.

Germany is the fourth largest exporter of weapons to Saudi Arabia after the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. The US will continue to sell weapons to the kingdom.

Saudi authorities contend that the Washington Post journalist Khashoggi was killed on October 2 in a “fistfight” at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. They had previously claimed he left the building alive.



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Germany freezes arms sales to Saudi Arabia

2018/10/1540283927.jpg
Read: 526     12:25     23 October 2018    

Germany committed on Sunday to freezing weapon exports to Saudi Arabia.


Addressing members of the ruling Christian Democratic Party (CDU), German Chancellor Angela Merkelcondemned the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, urged for clarity as to what happened and made clear that arms sales will-be put-on hold.

In doing so, she echoed foreign minister Heiko Maas, who called for a freeze of weapon exports to Saudi Arabia while addressing Social Democratic youth.

Germany was due to deliver approved €416 million worth of weapon systems in 2018. For 2018, Saudi Arabia was the second biggest client for Germany after Algeria (€400 million).

German authorities have not clarified whether deliveries on sales made in previous years will proceed as scheduled.

The German decision is consistent with the grand coalition agreement that no weapons will be sold to the countries involved in the Yemen conflict, which includes Saudi Arabia.

Germany is the fourth largest exporter of weapons to Saudi Arabia after the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. The US will continue to sell weapons to the kingdom.

Saudi authorities contend that the Washington Post journalist Khashoggi was killed on October 2 in a “fistfight” at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. They had previously claimed he left the building alive.



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