Norway ends defence exports to Saudi Arabia

13 November 2018

Norway has become the latest nation to enforce restrictions on sales of defence-related technology to Saudi Arabia in response to the current controversies surrounding the Middle Eastern country, including its involvement in the conflict with neighbouring Yemen.

Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norway’s minister of foreign affairs, claimed that no new licences will be granted for either defence-related technology or dual-use systems to Saudi Arabia and new applications are no longer being processed.

“The decision was taken after an overall assessment of recent developments in Saudi Arabia and the region and the unpredictable situation in Yemen,” the government said.

It stressed that Norway has never permitted exports of arms or ammunition to Saudi Arabia and it is not aware of any Norwegian defence-related products having been used in Yemen.

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