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Germany: Saudi Arabia's ban extended until the end of the month

The restrictions on the sale of aircraft and missiles continue

The ban imposed by Germany on the sale of the MBDA Meteor missiles and the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to Saudi Arabia should continue throughout March, and probably today the Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will sign the extension of the deadline scheduled for March 9th. This was explained by the Berlin government's representative on the sidelines of a press conference with his Danish counterpart, where he reaffirmed the German position on arms sales to Saudi armed forces that could also use them against civilians in Yemen. A decision that could lead to a new crack in relations with the United Kingdom, which is prime-contractor with BAE Systems and MBDA UK of the agreement, but also with France with which Germany is trying to carry out several military programs for the future including a sixth-generation plane, a drone and a tank.

During the course of March, the officials of the German foreign ministry will work -referring to the local press- to try to evaluate the possible roads to follow at the end of the new embargo imposed on Saudi Arabia, which is strongly supported by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) which supports the government of Angela Merkel. The executives of the German companies are trying to put pressure to ease the restrictions, just as the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) of Merkel would be trying, especially in view of the creation of an European defense industry; also because these positions jeopardize all common European programs.

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