The German government has approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia

For the first time since the beginning of its term of office, the German government has approved the delivery of equipment and ammunition for fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, taking advantage of the exception to the wide-ranging ban on the export of weapons to this country, the DPA informs on Thursday, citing a letter from the Minister of Economy, Robert Habeck, to the committee economic activity of the Bundestag.

As a result of the approved transaction to Saudi Arabia – which, as dpa points out, is a “very controversial customer” – equipment and ammunition for Eurofighter and Tornado fighters worth EUR 36 million.

As part of the European cooperation project, spare parts for Airbus A330 MRTT worth 2.8 million euros.

Former German Government (composed of the Christian Democratic parties CDU / CSU and the Social Democratic SPD) largely halted arms exports to Saudi Arabia, incl. because of her involvement into the war in Yemen and the murder of the journalist and dissident Jamal Khashojji. However, the government also allowed for exceptions for joint projects with partners, which was used many times, reminds the dpa.

The export licenses are part of the joint programs with Italy, Spain and Great Britain.

The agency notes that the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Saudi Arabia, which is one of the world’s largest energy exporters, last Saturday.

Issue of an authorization to sell arms to Saudi Arabia sharply criticized Sevim Dagdelen of the Left, head of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee. She identified it acting as criminal.

All inhibitions in arming authoritarian regimes and fueling world wars have clearly been lost – emphasized Dagdelen.

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