Citing Khashoggi, Angela Merkel suspends arms sales to Saudi Arabia

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From Deutsche Welle’s English-language edition…

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, at least for the time being. The decision comes in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate.

The chancellor said Riyadh had not put the full facts of Khashoggi’s demise “on the table.”

“First, we condemn this act in the strongest terms,” she told a press conference after speaking to members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.

“Second, there is an urgent need to clarify what happened — we are far from this having been cleared up and those responsible held to account.”  she said.

“Thirdly, I agree with all those who say that the, albeit already limited, arms exports can’t take place in the current circumstances.”

Emmanuel Macron, you’re up next.

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I guess that means, it took a German Chancellor, who is a woman, likely
a Christian, and a (German) Democrat to the set the record straight.

Sure beats an American president, who can’t see beyond his ‘ego’, and supported by a bunch of idiots in and out of Washington.

David Bishop
David Bishop

We americans are just scratching our asses and wondering what all the fuss might be about.