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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.

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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.

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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