Germany has stopped arms exports to one of its biggest buyers, Saudi Arabia. The instability in the region led Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers to take the decision. The information hasn’t been officially confirmed.
According to the Bild newspaper, weapons orders from the Middle Eastern country have either been “rejected, pure and simple,” or they have been deferred for further consideration. The decision was made by Germany’s Security Council on Wednesday, which includes Merkel, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and seven other ministers.
“According to government sources, the situation in the region is too unstable to ship arms there,” despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is “one of the most important clients of Germany’s arms industry,” with €360 million ($400 million) of arms shipments authorized in 2013, Bild added.