Germany’s Federal Security Council headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel authorized the export of military equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), despite the country’s involvement over the war in Yemen, Germany’s public broadcaster DW reports.
The German government has approved new military exports to the UAE despite the 2017 agreement by the ruling coalition to stop exports to countries directly involved in the war in Yemen, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. However, in July the UAE decided to pull out 5,000 troops from Yemen, although it remains unclear how many remain on the ground.
The approved exports included air defense system generators, according to a letter from Economy Minister Peter Altmaier to parliamentarians seen by the DPA news agency.
Germany and the UAE have a strategic partnership agreement since 2004; according to the Deutschlandfunk broadcaster, exports to the UAE have never quite stopped. Nevertheless, exports to Saudi Arabia were disrupted after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Data suggests that between January 1 and June 5, a total of 43 exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for €206.1 million euros were approved. This was revealed in a response from the Ministry of Economic Affairs to a request of the Green MEP Omid Nouripour, reported by DPA.