Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Germany would suspend arms export to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Gulf kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on October 2, AFP reported.
“I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports [to Saudi Arabia] that they cannot take place in the current situation,” she told reporters.
Germany last month approved $480 million worth of arms exports to Saudi Arabia for 2018. In the past, German military exports to Saudi have mainly consisted of patrol boats.
Merkel reiterated that she condemned the Saudi dissident’s killing “in the strongest terms” and saw an “urgent need to clear up” the case.
“We are far from seeing everything on the table and the perpetrators being brought to justice,” she said.
Merkel added that she would be consulting with international partners about a coordinated reaction to the crime.