Germany to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey

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Social-democratic opposition party Die Linke in Germany parliament urge to arms embargo over Yemen campaign to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to The Independent, the draft bill, proposed by the opposition social democratic party Die Linke, aims to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey for their involvement in military conflicts.

The draft, proposed by the social-democratic opposition party Die Linke, focusses mostly on Saudi Arabia and the UAE for their role in the war in Yemen, but it also singles out Turkey for its military mission in northern Syria where the country has been fighting Kurdish forces.

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Also, the bill will make it illegal to sell arms, expertise and related goods to any other government suspected of using the equipment to abuse human rights.

It specifically refers to previous sales of patrol boats to Saudi Arabia – which have been used to blockade Yemeni ports – and of Leopard tanks to Turkey, which formed part of the country’s military action against the Kurdish YPG groups.

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If approved, the law would not only prevent future transactions from being made with these countries but also retroactively recall previously agreed deals.


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