Belgium Rules Out Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

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  • 12:40 PM, January 8, 2016
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Belgium has decided against supplying arms to Saudi Arabia citing mass executions carried out on Jan 2 and the nation’s role in Yemeni conflict.

“We have rejected the request (for military shipment to Saudi Arabia),” RTBF broadcaster cited Belgium’s Flanders Minister-President Geert Bourgeois as saying to the Flemish Parliament Wednesday.

In an interview with RTBF, Bourgeois said that he would not give permission for arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of its role in Yemeni conflict and the recent mass executions the nation carried out.

Germany’s Greens demanded to immediately halt trade relations with Saudi Arabia and introduce a ban on arms sales to the country. German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Berlin would not stop arms deliveries to Riyadh but pledged to have “a closer look” on arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the future, Sputnik reported Wednesday.

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