Germany extends arms embargo on Saudi Arabia for another 6 months

BAGHDAD The German government said it would extend a six-month ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia in a dispute over European arms exporters who have joint programs with German companies.

The ban was imposed after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a move that drew criticism from European allies for making billions of euros worth of military orders, including a deal worth 10 billion pounds ($ 13.27 billion) for the sale of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters to Riyadh, in an agreement led by British company BAE Systems.

The freeze has stoked the chancellery of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Social Democrats, her coalition partners who want to win the applause of traditional skeptics who are skeptical of arms sales and worried about Saudi Arabia's role in the war in Yemen.

"It is decided to extend the ban for another six months to September 30 ... during this period, no new export applications will be accepted," government Spokesman Stephan Zeibert said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency