German foreign Minister Heiko Maas has linked a lifting of the arms export stops for Saudi Arabia to progress in the peace process for the Yemen.
“the attitude of The Federal government is that we are currently not supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia and the future decisions will depend on how the development in Yemen’s conflict”, said the SPD politician, after a conversation with his British colleague Jeremy Hunt in Berlin.
the parties to The conflict in Yemen, had added at the end of last year, peace talks, and the first agreements will be reached. An end to the conflict that has plunged the country on the Arabian Peninsula in a deep humanitarian crisis, but it is not in sight.
Union and SPD had agreed in March 2018 in the coalition agreement, to approve any arms exports more to countries that are “directly” involved in the Yemen war. Saudi Arabia is leading an Alliance of nine countries supported by the Yemeni government forces against the Saudi arch-rival Iran-supported Houthi rebels.
at the Time, but left a back door for pre-approved business. This was only closed in November after the killing of the government-critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul. Since then, all arms are stopped exports to the Kingdom – already approved. It’s supposed to go to shops to a value of about 1.5 billion euros.
this procedure is isolated Germany to a large extent. France and the United Kingdom have not followed the German example and to criticize and stop the Export, because he also blocks community projects.
Hunt waived a press conference with Maas to further increase the pressure. “We understand the German Position, I think you understand our Position,” he said.
A “mirror”report according to which Hunt had written before his visit to Germany, a fire letter to Maas, in which he contended that common armor would be damaged projects, such as the jet fighter “Tornado”. “I am deeply concerned about the impact of the German government’s decision on the British and European defence industry and the consequences for the ability of Europe to meet its Nato Commitments,” he quoted the magazine from the letter.
The export stop was due to expire in November, initially for two months, at the end of December but until 9. March has been extended. Two of the affected companies have filed an opposition to the competent Federal office. The opposition should be rejected and the Export ban remain in force, could land the case in the administrative court. Within the next three weeks, the Federal government must decide whether it wants to extend the ban on Exports. In the SPD there is massive resistance against a repeal.
the Second main topic during the Meeting of Hunt and Maas of the Brexit. The British foreign Secretary, the Europeans called on before in a speech to urge to the Contrary. “Now is the hour of a generous and far-sighted leadership”, said Hunt at an event of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
His country is determined to make more of a contribution to a rules-based international co-operation and to remain part of the “other Alliance”. Germany and the United Kingdom would have to remain side by side, he said, and cited the example of the silent cooperation of the security services, to protect citizens from terrorist attacks. “We are determined to remain the best of friends,” said Hunt.
the UK wants the EU on 29. March left, so in a good five weeks. In the case of a Brexit without a contract the two sides agreed period of Transition and the key points for a close trade and security partnership accounted for. The economy is feared for this case of severe distortions, among others due to lengthy customs controls at the borders. Both sides want to avoid.