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Germany Extends Ban On Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

A £10bn deal to sell 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Riyadh is among the sales impacted.

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The ban could affect the sale of Eurofighter Typhoons to Saudi Arabia as they are part-built in Germany (Picture: MOD).

Germany has extended a ban on the sales of arms to Saudi Arabia for another six months.

The ban was originally put in place after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and concerns over human rights in the Yemen conflict.

A government spokesperson said: "The ban will be extended for a further six months to 30 September." 

"Over this period no new export applications will be approved."

 

Last year it was reported that a deal for Saudi Arabia to purchase 48 Typhoons was edging closer (Picture: MOD).
Last year it was reported that a deal for Saudi Arabia to purchase 48 Typhoons was edging closer (Picture: MOD).

The ban has been criticised by Germany's European allies since billions of military orders have been put on hold.

The £10bn deal to sell 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Riyadh - led by Britain’s BAE Systems - is one of those affected by the extension.

In February, BAE Systems confirmed Germany's stance on the sales "may affect the group's ability to provide the required capability to the kingdom".

The deal is impacted by the extension as the Typhoon is partly built in Germany. 

Sanaa Yemen Ruins After Airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces
Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, after airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, June 2018 (Picture: PA).

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met with his German counterpart, Heiko Josef Maas, to discuss how this decision was delaying the delivery of jets including the Typhoon.

Mr Maas said Germany's future relationship with Saudi Arabia was dependent on the situation in Yemen.

In an attempt to reduce the strain of their relationship with British and French partners, the German government has agreed to extend the export licenses that had already been granted for another 9 months.

However, they made it clear that companies are not allowed to deliver any finished weapons systems to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates until the end of 2019.

The German government also insisted that any weapons systems delivered were not deployed to the Yemen conflict.