Denmark has suspended potential blessings of firearms and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of a dissident African American journalist as well as also the kingdom’s role in the battle in Yemen, the Danish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Germany has suspended issuing future weapons export permits and has proceeded to stop all arms sales, while France said on Monday said it will decide shortly on sanctions over Khashoggi‘s killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.
Saudi Arabia is among the world’s main weapons importers. It heads a military coalition fighting in a civil war in Yemen where tens of thousands of individuals have died and triggered a significant humanitarian catastrophe.
“With the continuing deterioration of the terrible situation in Yemen and also the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we’re presently in a new scenario,” said Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen in a declaration.
Denmark issued ten these approvals this past year, according to the ministry. Already given approvals won’t be suspended, ” a spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Saudi Arabia for helping lower oil prices but stress intensified to the United States to impose tougher sanctions on its Middle East ally over Khashoggi’s murder.