Saudi Arabia is a leading force in the Yemen war, and yet so far, the second best customer of the German arms industry in the current year. Up to 30. September granted the Federal government export permits to the value of 416,4 million euros for the country as a response of the Ministry of economy to a request from the Green party member of Parliament Omid Nouripour.
The Kingdom is currently, because of the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi under massive international pressure. Only after Algeria were approved with 741,3 million euros in a larger scale shipments of Arms from the Federal government.
The Numbers are not only due to the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia volatile, but also because of a clause in the coalition agreement of the CDU and the SPD. The social Democrats had put into the negotiations, a ban on Exports for all countries that are “directly” involved in the Yemen war.
However, exceptions for transactions, for which pre-approval has been granted. Thus, it is still possible that permanent export permits are granted. Already in mid-September, the MIRROR had reported about such weapons deals with Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi Arabia-led Alliance of nine States fighting for 2015, the Iranian-backed Shi’a Houthi rebels in Yemen. The war has led to a humanitarian disaster, which is classified by the United Nations, currently the worst in the world.
in The case of Khashoggi in days an international sensation. The Journalist was on 2. October went to the saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, where papers for his planned wedding to pick up. Since then, he has disappeared. The Turkish authorities that Khashoggi was murdered in the Consulate of Saudi Arabia travelled to, special command. The Saudi Royal house disclaims any responsibility.