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Germany: Merkel ceases arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi death03:18

Germany: Merkel ceases arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi death

Germany, Berlin
October 21, 2018 at 20:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

One week ahead of the state elections in Hessen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference in Berlin, on Sunday, alongside Hessen Minister-President and fellow CDU politician Volker Bouffier.

During the press conference, Merkel said that German arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be halted in the wake of the recent death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month.

The German Chancellor said: "As far as arms exports are concerned, those can't take place in the current situation."

"We denounce this case in all seriousness, that's what we made clear yesterday as well," Merkel said. "There is an urgent need for clarification, it is still not on the table. And those responsible are still not being held accountable.

Speaking of the upcoming elections, both Merkel and Bouffier warned against the possibility of a left-wing government in Hessen, which Bouffier claimed would be a "catastrophe."

"The last thing that we need in Hessen would be a left-wing government. That would be a catastrophe for this economically powerful state," Bouffier said.

Germany: Merkel ceases arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi death03:18
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One week ahead of the state elections in Hessen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference in Berlin, on Sunday, alongside Hessen Minister-President and fellow CDU politician Volker Bouffier.

During the press conference, Merkel said that German arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be halted in the wake of the recent death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month.

The German Chancellor said: "As far as arms exports are concerned, those can't take place in the current situation."

"We denounce this case in all seriousness, that's what we made clear yesterday as well," Merkel said. "There is an urgent need for clarification, it is still not on the table. And those responsible are still not being held accountable.

Speaking of the upcoming elections, both Merkel and Bouffier warned against the possibility of a left-wing government in Hessen, which Bouffier claimed would be a "catastrophe."

"The last thing that we need in Hessen would be a left-wing government. That would be a catastrophe for this economically powerful state," Bouffier said.

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