Saudi Arabia slams Germany’s arms embargo – Middle East Monitor

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Saudi Arabia yesterday criticized Germany’s arms embargo and described the act as a “very wrong signal”.

This was announced by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan dpa that the kingdom “needed arms to defend itself against Houthi attacks from neighboring Yemen”.

“We don’t need weapons to be aggressive, but to be able to protect our country and people,” he said, adding that the kingdom has been cooperating with Germany on armaments “for a long time”.

The minister stressed that Saudi Arabia was “interested in continuing our partnership with Germany” and warned that the kingdom “will get what we need, whether from Germany or elsewhere”.

In November 2018, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The incumbent government, led by Olaf Scholz, the Social Democrats, the Greens and the FDP, recently announced that it would continue the arms embargo against Saudi Arabia.

The federal government had previously approved some exceptions for joint NATO projects, in the context of which it had issued export licenses to Saudi Arabia.

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