Military Capabilities

German government halts defence sales to Saudi Arabia

23 October 2018

The German government has claimed that further defence equipment sales to Saudi Arabia are unlikely to be approved until an investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been carried out.

World leaders are calling on the Saudi government to provide more information on the death of Khashoggi, who died in the Istanbul consulate in October, and are threatening to freeze arms exports – one of the primary imports of the Middle Eastern country from the rest of the world – to Saudi Arabia until questions over the death are resolved.

While Riyadh has responded to the death of Khashoggi – an exiled Saudi citizen – with a number of varying explanations as to how he died, speculation surrounding the circumstances are leading countries to consider setting up bans on the sales of arms, with Germany leading the way.

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