German weapons may no longer be delivered to the United Arab Emirates. The reason for this is the war in Yemen and the murder of journalist Khashoggi, who criticizes the government.

The German government has extended the arms export ban for Saudi Arabia by one year until the end of 2021 and has even tightened it up. Permits already granted, which were previously only on hold, are revoked – with the exception of deliveries for European cooperation projects. A government spokeswoman said on request.

The federal government will not issue new licenses for arms exports in the coming year. But here too, as before, joint productions with European partners are excluded. However, in such projects, German companies must insist that the final assembled goods are not initially delivered to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.

Export ban on all countries “directly” involved in the war in Yemen

The export ban for Saudi Arabia, which has been in force since 2018, has already been extended several times and was last limited in March to December 31, 2020. The measure is based on the coalition agreement between the Union and the SPD, which stipulated an arms export ban for all countries “directly” involved in the war in Yemen. The decision for Saudi Arabia was largely enforced in November 2018 after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was critical of the government, in the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul.

For more than five years, the kingdom has led an alliance of Arab states fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The war has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world. The Saudi leadership justified the intervention of the coalition it led by the fact that the legitimate government in Yemen had asked for it.

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