Germany approves arms sales to Saudi Arabia, breaking coalition promise

The German government has approved the delivery of controversial weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, the United...

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 9:29 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2018 9:29 PM

The German government has approved the delivery of controversial weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, despite a January ban on arms sales to countries embroiled in the bloody conflict in Yemen, a German lawmaker confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Germany's economy minister Peter Altmair wrote a letter to parliament members that outlined the approval of several defense contracts, including four artillery positioning systems to Saudi Arabia.

Continents and regions

Europe

Germany

Middle East

Middle East and North Africa

Saudi Arabia

Western Europe

Government and public administration

Military

Military weapons

Politics

Weapons and arms

Yemen

Yemen conflict

The letter was seen by the lawmaker who spoke to CNN. It also revealed that 48 warheads and 91 missiles for UAE warships had been approved, along with 385 anti-tank missiles for Jordan.

Qatar, no longer active in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, was also cleared to receive an armored howitzer, 170 air-to-air missiles and seven air-defense missile systems, the lawmaker confirmed.

The letter did not specify when the arms deals were made.

The weapons sales have come under criticism from German opposition parties. Earlier this year, Germany's governing coalition had halted weapons sales to countries involved in the Yemen conflict.

The coalition agreement was approved in January by the three parties in government: Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union; its sister party the Christian Social Union; and the center-left Social Democrats. It states that arms sales to countries involved in the war in Yemen would end.

"With immediate effect, the government will no longer approve exports (of weapons) to countries as long as they are involved in the war in Yemen," the January agreement said.

On Thursday, Germany's Economy Ministry declined to comment.

Saudi Arabia has waged a years-long military campaign in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized government that the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels drove out of the capital, Sanaa.

The news from Germany comes just days after CNN's exclusive reporting on the use of US-made weapons in the Yemen conflict.

The report revealed that fragments of US-manufactured weapons had been found at the sites of a string of attacks since the start of the war, including a bomb that killed 40 children who were on a field trip in August.

West Lafayette
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 45°
Kokomo
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 39°
Rensselaer
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 40°
Fowler
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Williamsport
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 40°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 37°
Frankfort
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 43°
Delphi
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 40°
Monticello
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 40°
Logansport
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 43°
Rainfall & even some storms are ahead (with a bit of snow/sleet mix at the onset).
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 300913

Reported Deaths: 5332
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41330845
Lake26364448
Allen17299290
Elkhart16665212
St. Joseph16319220
Hamilton12459164
Vanderburgh9428112
Tippecanoe826727
Porter791279
Johnson6139164
Hendricks5807154
Vigo574474
Monroe525247
Clark495374
Delaware4789103
Madison4760119
LaPorte446894
Kosciusko446139
Howard325575
Warrick316072
Floyd306177
Bartholomew303262
Wayne295261
Cass293431
Marshall289944
Grant258747
Noble246846
Hancock243749
Henry237136
Boone235154
Dubois230430
Dearborn208829
Jackson206033
Morgan200643
Knox178017
Gibson177022
Clinton174920
Shelby174554
Lawrence171646
DeKalb171229
Adams165219
Miami155114
Wabash153018
Daviess152243
Fayette145233
Steuben141113
Jasper138311
Harrison137624
LaGrange136629
Montgomery131226
Whitley129910
Ripley123714
Decatur123542
Huntington122310
Posey118913
Putnam118326
Wells118327
Randolph117819
White117421
Clay115621
Jefferson114214
Greene100253
Scott99818
Jay95012
Starke89221
Sullivan86615
Fulton81117
Perry80921
Jennings80514
Spencer8047
Fountain7378
Washington7176
Carroll66813
Franklin65925
Orange65728
Vermillion5832
Owen5816
Parke5416
Newton54012
Tipton53726
Rush5216
Blackford51211
Pike50218
Pulaski36810
Martin3485
Brown3263
Benton3251
Crawford2781
Union2621
Switzerland2473
Warren2352
Ohio2257
Unassigned0265

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events