Germany's Merkel sees no reason to change Saudi arms

AP , Tuesday 17 Sep 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't see the attacks on Saudi Arabia as reason to end its ban on all arms exports to the nation.

An influential lawmaker in Merkel's party had suggested that Germany should consider allowing the export of defensive weapons systems into the kingdom.

But the chancellor said Tuesday she doesn't ``at the moment see any conditions for changing the stance of the German government.''

While condemning the attacks on Saudi Arabia, she said ban was put into effect partially due to Germany's concerns over the conflict in Yemen, which hadn't changed.

She says: ``I think the events show more urgently that everything must be done to find a diplomatic solution to the Yemen conflict even if that looks very difficult the moment, we must continue to try.''

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