Germany halts arms sales to Saudi Arabia

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 12:32 PM PT — Mon. Oct. 22, 2018

Germany is halting its arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her cabinet has put a temporary hold all sales of weapons and military equipment to the oil rich kingdom. Merkel said Saudi Arabia must disclose all facts on Khashoggi’s death and hold those accountable involved in the murder.

FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2018 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin. Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that she supports a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

Germany is the fourth largest arms exporter to the Saudis after the U.S., Britain and France.

The German economy minister said new arms deals with the Saudis will stop immediately, while previous agreements are now subject to review.

“On the basis of what we see at the moment, as long as the investigations continue, as long as we do not know what happened, as Foreign Minister Heiko Maas put it: there is no basis for positive decisions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia,” stated Steffen Seibert, spokesman for the German government.

The German government also urged all European countries to impose an arms embargo on the Saudis, saying such a move could make Riyadh more inclined to address the international concern.