The German government has approved more arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is assisting Saudi Arabia in its deadly military campaign against Yemen.
German media reported that Berlin had approved the sale of 203,448 detonators for 40-mm mortar shells to the Arab kingdom as well as 134 million dollars worth of armor-plating for military vehicles.
The move indicated that Germany was continuing its policy of supplying arms to countries directly involved in the Middle East conflicts and disregarding the vetting process of the deal for potential humanitarian impact.
“Once again, the government is waving through the delivery of military equipment to a war participant in the [Persian] Gulf region,” said Agnieszka Brugger, the opposition Green Party spokesperson.
“Instead of finally stopping all arms dealing with the states participating in the bloody war in Yemen, the CDU and SPD [Germany’s governing coalition parties] are ignoring Germany’s arms export guidelines once again,” she added.
Germany is one of the world’s main arms exporters to the European Union states and NATO countries. The United States and the United Kingdom have also been major suppliers of arms and weapons to countries that wreak havoc in the Middle East.