Germany extends wapenboycot against Saudi Arabia with six months

Germany has the ban on arms sale to Saudi Arabia has extended by six months to thirty september. This is reported by a government spokesman on Thursday after a meeting of chancellor Angela Merkel with her ministers in Berlin.

The European arms exporters who have close ties with both German companies such as Saudi-Arabia. There will be no new export applications to Saudi Arabia are approved.

The ban was imposed after the assassination of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He was in October 2018 in the Turkish city of Istanbul life robbed by a moordcommando, after the Saudi consulate had gone.

There were question marks placed by European allies about the ban. Weapons manufactured were in other countries, but German elements were also affected. So had the British BAE Systems already have an order outstanding for a 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jet to Saudi Arabia to sell for 11.7 billion and European companies are overloaded with claims, because their contracts could not fulfill.

Existing export contracts will be extended until 31 december

To those concerns, agreed chancellor Angela Merkel, agreed to existing export contracts with Saudi Arabia for nine months to 31 december. However, companies have until the end of 2019 no new agreements with Saudi companies.

Also, companies should try their best when in order to ensure that the delivered weapons will not be used in the war in Yemen.


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