Germany has said it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, ignoring British requests.
“The stance of the government is that we won’t deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after talks with his British counterpart about the decision taken in October over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
“In reality, because the UK has a strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia, we’d been able to play a very important part in making the Stockholm talks happen.
And we don’t believe that changing our commercial relationship with Saudi Arabia will help that, in fact we worry that it would do the opposite — it would reduce our influence on that process.”
Citing the letter, local outlet Spiegel reported that the UK wants Germany to exempt major European defence projects like Eurofighter or Tornados jets from the weapons embargo.