From Deutsche Welle:

The German government has approved an immediate stop to arms sales to countries involved in the war in Yemen. This includes sales to Saudi Arabia.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman wrote on Twitter that Germany “isn’t taking any arms export decisions right now that aren’t in line with the results of the preliminary talks,” referring to coalition talks between Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Arms exports to nations with poor human rights records like Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been heavily criticized by opposition politicians in Berlin.

After a request from Left party lawmaker Stefan Liebich in the fall, Merkel’s government was forced to admit that it had nearly quintupled arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt from 2016 to 2017.

Liebich said that Saudia Arabia and Egypt had to “to answer for the thousands of deaths from their dirty war in Yemen,” and called Berlin’s decision to sell weapons to those countries “reprehensible.”

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