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Despite ban, Germany agrees to sell $450m arms to Saudi Arabia

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German government has approved arms deliveries worth 450 million dollars to Saudi-led forces in Yemen during its first year in office in spite of a partial export ban, dpa reported.

The government issued 208 permits to the eight participating countries during its first 12 months, it said.

Germany’s coalition government agreed to ban arms sales to countries involved in the Yemen conflict in March 2018, but allowed existing orders to be fulfilled.

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After the October 2018 killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Berlin also blocked sales that had been previously approved.

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The issue has generated a heated controversy; and which threatens to split the German government.

Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, CDU, and their Bavarian allies in the Christian Social Union, CSU, however, wish to lift the restrictions.

dpa/NAN

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