From Deutsche Welle:
Saudi Arabia says that it will focus on concentrate on other economic cooperation before making arms deals with Germany in the future.
“We accept the German reticence with regard to exports to Saudi Arabia; we know the political background,” Saudi Deputy Economy Minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri told the magazine (Der Spiegel).
Angela Merkel has called for an end to the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, stating that there is no military solution to the conflict. In the past, Germany’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia caused controversy because some were worried that their weapons were being misused in Yemen. Saudi Arabia wishes Germany to be a strong economic partner.
Even though no new arms deals have been made between the two countries, Germany’s Bundeswehr soldiers will help to train their Saudi counterparts and police will be instructing Saudi border police.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) welcomed by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) before their official talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 30, 2017.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has travelled on to the United Arab Emirates after a one-day trip to Saudi Arabia, where she shunned the head scarf women in the kingdom are required to wear.
Opinions on this visit from Press TV:
“It’s not as significant as Angela Merkel wants it to appear. She’s just trying to create an image and the media is feeding into that. But quite frankly, Germany’s still offering some military assistance to Saudi Arabia. And, of course, it’s very good to see that someone as politically important as Angela Merkel is to make such comments is important. But there is a difference between talking good and doing good. And unfortunately, I’ve a very bad suspicion that when it comes down to it, Germany will still prioritize, as the United Kingdom and other countries have been doing, making money by selling countries like Saudi Arabia arms. And it seems as if Angel Merkel actually offered some compliments to Saudi Arabia as well saying that they’ve shown progress in women’s rights since she last visited which, quite frankly, I think is just complete nonsense.”