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Offbeat Despite export stop by the federal government: German fighter jet parts delivered to Saudi Arabia

10:55  30 october  2020
10:55  30 october  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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Germany halted weapons exports to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at “Following the recent updates from the German government regarding export licences, we are The German arms ban also affects BAE’s ability to supply parts for a fleet of Hawk and Tornado jets .

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia , at least for the time being. The decision comes in the wake of Such "end-use" guarantees, however, are almost impossible to enforce, as is shown by the case of G36 assault rifle, built by the southern German firm

The federal government has already extended the arms export stop for Saudi Arabia three times. However, it has not completely cut off supplies to the kingdom.

Teile für einen solchen „Eurofighter“ gingen nach Saudi-Arabien, obwohl das Land den Krieg im Jemen befeuert. © Photo: dpa / Oliver Berg Parts for such a “Eurofighter” went to Saudi Arabia, although the country is fueling the war in Yemen.

Despite an arms embargo, the German government has had parts of fighter jets delivered to Saudi Arabia since the beginning of 2019. Last year it allowed France in two cases to export armaments with a total value of 4.87 million euros from German production to the authoritarian-led desert state.

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Thereafter, in 2019 and 2020 the federal government also made it possible to deliver parts for “Eurofighter” and “Tornado” fighter jets intended for Saudi Arabia through three so-called collective export permits. Both aircraft are European joint products.

Arms exports to Saudi Arabia are currently controversial not only because of the human rights situation in the authoritarian kingdom, but above all because of its role in the Yemen war . For more than five years, Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Arab states that are fighting against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.


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The murder of a journalist triggered the export stop

A complete export stop against Saudi Arabia was only imposed in November 2018 after the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was critical of the government, in the Saudi consulate general in Istanbul, and has already been extended three times, most recently until December 31, 2020 .

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The moratorium means that no new deliveries to the Kingdom are approved and exports that are already permitted are prevented. In March, however, there was a relaxation: the delivery of joint products with partner countries intended for Saudi Arabia was allowed again.

The left-wing politician Dagdelen calls the export ban a "huge swindle". “Software, technology and other components for fighter jets that are used in the criminal war in Yemen are supplied via other countries,” she says and demands that all deliveries be cut. (dpa)

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