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Arms deliveries : SPD politicians call for final Export ban to Saudi Arabia

Express Several SPD deputies are demanding that their parliamentary group had at its meeting on Tuesday for an end to arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Thus, the SP

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Arms deliveries : SPD politicians call for final Export ban to Saudi Arabia

Express Several SPD deputies are demanding that their parliamentary group had at its meeting on Tuesday for an end to arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Thus, the SPD would group against foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). This last had made in an Interview with the daily mirror a softening of the Export ban of contributions from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for a peace process in Yemen.

of The SPD-deputies Florian Post told the daily mirror: "I'm going to assume that the SPD in the group meeting, your clear attitude. The situation has not changed since the decision of the Federal government to the export stop in the fall.“

After the murder of the Saudi regime's opponents, Gamal Kashoggi, the Federal government had stopped in October, the export of already approved patrol boats. The Union argues, in the interest of European armaments cooperation for a Rethink of the strict German export rules. At the end of March the Federal government wants to decide on an extension of the Export ban for Saudi Arabia.

The Plan of the Meuse, the deliveries of progress in the Yemen peace process-dependent, rejected Post. "The coalition agreement clearly prohibits arms deliveries to countries that are directly involved in the Yemen war," said the Deputy: "Thus progress in the peace process, Yemen would change nothing."

Maas had said that the arms export ban to Saudi Arabia had not been imposed only because of the Kashoggi-murder, "but also because we want to exert pressure and make it clear that we expect of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as a contribution to a peace process for Yemen". If re-supplied could be hanging out "how things develop". At present, the conditions were not "so that deliveries would be acceptable".

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the Post together with the SPD-Fraktionsvizes Sören Bartol and Rolf mützenich, as well as the SPD politicians, Bernd Westphal, in addition, control gaps in the outsourced production of armaments of the German manufacturer. To prevent German arms experts to export their Knowledge or German firms through Joint-Ventures, export restrictions to deal.

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