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Germany stops arms exports to Yemen

Staff Writer | January 22, 2018
Germany will stop all arms exports to countries involved in the ongoing war in Yemen, a government spokesperson has announced.
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The decision, announced by a spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, comes as political parties including Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) continue to hold talks about forming a coalition government following the German federal election last September.

Germany "isn't taking any arms exports decisions right now that aren't in line with the results of the preliminary talks", Steffan Seibert, a spokesperson for Merkel, said in a post on Twitter.

The move is expected to affect Germany's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, which totalled almost 450 million euro ($550m) in the third fiscal quarter of 2017, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Amnesty Gulf, a branch of the Amnesty International rights group, praised Germany's decision and called on other countries to do the same.


 

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