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Despite Pledge Not to, Germany Approves Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia

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With Saudi Arabia forever escalating their war in Yemen, the growing calls by human rights groups to stop selling them arms with which to commit war crimes are struggling to compete with the vast sums of money the Saudis are offering for those arms.

Germany is the latest to renege on promises to ban weapons sales for use in the Yemen War, announcing Wednesday that the Economy Minister has greenlit a new round of artillery systems for sale to the Saudis.

The systems are designed for precise counterattack, and are clearly being bought explicitly to use in Yemen. Yet the Merkel government, as part of its coalition deal, announced a full export ban to “any sides fighting in Yemen,” including the Saudis.

While this was at the time supposed to be a condition of the Social Democrats joining the government. So far, Merkel has not explained why the sale was approved over the putative ban, and the Social Democrats have not complained either.

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You can call me AL
You can call me AL
September 21, 2018

The Saudis are just buying arms from anyone and everyone to feel important and liked. They are scum and the sooner they are overthrown, the better for humanity.

Juan Tigas
Juan Tigas
Reply to  You can call me AL
September 21, 2018

True! NO country deserves regime change more than Saudi Arabia! Anyone who disagrees with this ugly truth is a sheep or a shill!

September 22, 2018

Merkel bending over again – what’s new?

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
September 27, 2018

Hardly surprising – what is lyingly said and what is sneakily done are never the same. Common lying perverted politicians’ carry-on. Them sick-minded Saudis are loving it.

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