Germany moving to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey
(MENAFN) A new bill in Germany aims to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey for their 'involvement in military conflicts', Qatari media network Al Jazeera reported.
Proposed by the social-democratic opposition party Die Linke, the drafts focus is for the most part on Saudi Arabia and the UAE for their role in the war in Yemen, the network said, adding that the German bill also singles out Turkey for its ongoing military mission in northern Syria where the country has been fighting Kurdish forces it deems as terrorists.
The bill specifically refers to a deal made Germany and Turkey to service several Leopard tanks, which made a great deal of controversy in German political circles; Leopard tanks were used in Turkey's invasion of Syria's Afrin in January.
As for Saudi Arabia, Patrol boats bought by the oil-rich kingdom, being used to blockade Yemeni ports from receiving aid and other goods to help alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in the war-torn country, were also a highlight of the report, Al Jazeera said.
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