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02.10.2018 - 04:22 [ MEMO ]

Germany approves $295m arms sale to Saudi

The exports are said to have been approved despite an agreement not to sell arms to countries “directly” involved in the Yemen war. The deal was forged during the formation of the coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats in March after months of political wrangling. It was not made clear which countries were meant by the phrase “directly”.

25.05.2018 - 13:33 [ Press TV ]

HRW urges US to halt arms sale to Bahrain over ‘dismal rights record’

The New York-based organization made the plea in a Thursday statement concerning sales of attack helicopters and 3,000 bomb bodies worth around $1 billion in total.

“These two weapons sales make clear that the Trump administration intends nothing short of a free pass on human rights for Bahrain,” said the HRW’s Washington director, Sarah Margon.

25.05.2018 - 13:09 [ Jason Ditz / antiwar.com ]

Pentagon Uses ‘New Authority’ to Speed Up Arms Exports to Saudis, Others

In 2017’s military spending bill, the Pentagon was given increased authority to directly write up arms exports abroad as “domestic” sales contracts with an export component to them. This was intended to allow the Pentagon to rush certain deliveries.

07.05.2018 - 14:29 [ Press TV ]

Rights groups to bring legal action against France over arms sales to Saudi, UAE

France, the world’s third-biggest arms exporter, counts Saudi Arabia and the UAE among its major purchasers, and France’s biggest defense firms, including Dassault and Thales, have major contracts in the Persian Gulf.

The European country has sold Caesar artillery guns and ammunition, sniper rifles and armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.