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Denmark suspends Saudi arms export approvals

Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen [Eget Arbejde/Wikipedia]
Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen [Eget Arbejde/Wikipedia]

Denmark has suspended future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of a Saudi journalist and the kingdom’s role in the conflict in Yemen, Reuters reported the Danish Foreign Ministry saying today.

Germany has already suspended issuing future weapons export licences and has moved to halt all arms sales, while France said on Monday that it will decide soon on sanctions over Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s biggest weapons importers. It heads a military coalition fighting in a civil war in Yemen in which tens of thousands of people have died and caused a major humanitarian catastrophe.

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“With the continued deterioration of the already terrible situation in Yemen and the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we are now in a new situation,” said Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen in a statement.

Denmark issued ten such approvals last year, according to the ministry. Already given approvals will not be suspended, a spokesman said.

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