Apr 13, 2019 18:43 Asia/Tehran
  • Germany to supply Saudi Arabia, UAE with arms through France
    Germany to supply Saudi Arabia, UAE with arms through France

Germany's secret Federal Security Council has allowed weapons shipments to countries directly involved in the war on Yemen, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Iran Press/Europe: The German government has approved the export of certain military equipment and technology to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at a secret meeting of the Federal Security Council, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, citing documents of the country's economic affairs ministry, Sputnik reported.

According to the newspaper, Saudi Arabia will not receive German-made military products directly from the country. However, components, made by German vehicle manufacturer Kamag, will be supplied to a French company, which, in turn, exports its products to Saudi Arabia. Kamag exports "technology for the manufacture of low-bed semi-trailers" to France, but the de-facto final recipient of the goods is Saudi Arabia.

In addition, the board approved partial exports to the UAE. The approved exports include components and software updates for the Cobra radar systems, which are manufactured by France and Germany. These systems have already been deployed to the UAE.

The German authorities imposed an arms exports ban on Saudi Arabia in October amid criticism of Riyadh over the assassination of opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz expressed support for the country's action of supplying Saudi Arabia, UAE with arms through France.

The Saudis, who Trump considers an important regional partner, are leading a deadly unwarranted war against the Yemeni people. The war has killed tens of thousands of innocent Yemenis and left millions on the brink of starvation.104/211/202

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