Finland, Denmark halt defence exports to Saudi Arabia

23 November 2018

The foreign ministries of both Denmark and Finland announced on 22 November that they had suspended defence exports to Saudi Arabia, with Finland additionally committing to no further transfers to the United Arab Emirates.

Denmark cited the war in Yemen, the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and a recent discussion among EU foreign ministers as the key drivers behind the decision, which also applies to dual-use technologies. Finland also highlighted "the alarming humanitarian situation in Yemen" in a statement announcing that no new arms exports authorisations would be made.

The statements followed a meeting of EU foreign ministers on 19 November.

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