Apr 14, 2014

German Government To Cancel Saudi Tank Deal

The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia.
The sale of the Leopard-2 tanks was billed as one of the biggest deals for the German armaments industry.
Economy Minister , a Social Democrat in the left-right “grand coalition,” has “positioned himself against a tanks delivery to the autocratic royal house,” it said.
Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance.
In 2012 was reported that Saudi Arabia wanted to buy 600-800 Leopard battle tanks from Germany, more than twice as many as originally envisaged.
The Leopard-2 tanks, Germany’s main battle tank, is also produced under license in Spain.
Germany declined to sell heavy weapons to Saudi Arabia for decades because of concerns over human rights and fears for Israel’s security.

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