Germany has extended an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, imposed after the Khashoggi murder, till December 31 this year.
During a press briefing, a spokesman for the German chancellery announced Monday that "no new requests (for export licenses) on Saudi Arabia will be authorized until December 31, 2020.”
Berlin had decided in November 2018 to embargo arms sales and deliveries to Riyadh after the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This freeze had been extended in September 2019 for six months.
However, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saoud recently urged Germany to lift its arms embargo. The Minister of Foreign Affairs said in an interview with the German news agency DPA "there are other sources where you can get such weapons” adding, " we are going to buy what we need, where we can get it.”
The ban has prevented German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall from exporting armoured vehicles to Riyadh.
Saudis €136 million ($154 million) order for Rheinmetalls military trucks will be concluded very soon, provided Germany gives an approval for export licence of the same.
United States senators have introduced a legislation seeking suspension of weapon sales to Saudi Arabia over the death of a Saudi journalist at a consulate in Turkey and for its role in Yemen's devastating civil war. The Bill would also impose sanctions on anyone blocking humanitarian access in Yemen and anyone supporting Houthis in Yemen,
Germany announced a freeze in arms sales approvals to Saudi Arabia and urged its fellow European Union members to do the same over Riyadhs admittance that its security team killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier told ZDF television that the German government would not approve any new arms sales to Saudi Arabia and would urge other EU member states to follow this example
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