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Spain backtracks on suspending laser-guided bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

13 September 2018

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on 13 September that a laser-guided bomb sale to Saudi Arabia will now go ahead, despite the Spanish government stating the previous week that it was being suspended.

The original decision caused consternation at the yards of state-owned shipbuilder Navantia with trade unions fearing the suspension of the EUR9 million (USD10.5 million) contract could jeopardise a EUR1.8 billion deal for five corvettes signed with the Saudis in July.

The initial cancellation of the sale of the 400 bombs was applauded by various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace, which had questioned their use by a Saudi-led coalition against rebel forces in neighbouring Yemen.

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