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France, Germany, Netherlands halt arms exports to Turkey

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 13, 2019
France, the Netherlands, and Germany suspended arms exports to Turkey over its military offensive into Syria against Kurds.
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Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Bild am Sonntag weekly that “against the background of the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria, the government will not issue any new permissions for any weapons that can be used by Turkey in Syria.”

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Maas’s remarks came as thousands of Kurdish immigrants rallied against the Turkish military offensive in cities across Germany, which is home to one of the biggest Kurdish communities in Europe.

France said it had suspended all planned exports of “war materials” to Turkey that could be used in the offensive in Syria.

The Netherlands will freeze all weapons exports to Turkey over Ankara's anti-terror operation in northern Syria, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday.

"The Netherlands have now decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey pending the course of the situation," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

A meeting in Luxembourg Monday of the European Union’s foreign affairs committee will decide on a coordinated European approach to the issue, the statement said.