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German MP Slams Berlin's Arms Exports to S. Arabia, UAE, Bahrain

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TEHRAN, April 8 (ICANA) – A leading lawmaker of the opposition party The Left (Die Linke) here on Friday lambasted Germany's massive arms exports to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.
Friday, April 08, 2011 9:13:18 PM
German MP Slams Berlin's Arms Exports to S. Arabia, UAE, Bahrain

Addressing the German parliament, the head of The Left faction Gregor Gysi voiced outrage over Berlin's weapon exports to the three Arab Persian Gulf states totaling hundreds of millions of euros over recent years.

Pointing out that all three countries are dictatorships, Gysi said German arms sales to the UAE reached 846 million euros between 2006 and 2009, while weapon exports to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain stood at 441 million and 184 million respectively during the same corresponding period.

'That's the way we (Germans) do (arms) deals,' the radical leftist legislator stressed, saying these kinds of arms sales would only lead to further instability of the Middle East region.

Gysi urged a swift end to German weapon exports to the Mideast.

'That's the least that we should do,' he said.

Germany's overall arms exports to the Near and Middle East hovered around 1.1 billion euros last year.

In 2009, the United Arab Emirates was among the three leading recipients of German weapons, according to the latest report released by the center-right government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany sold around 540.7 million euros worth of military hardware to the UAE, among them radar and steering systems, torpedoes, simulators, missiles, hand grenades, armored vehicles, tank spare parts, automatic cannons, amphibious vehicles and trucks.

Meanwhile, the other Persian Gulf country, Saudi Arabia, was listed sixth in the overall export of German weaponry with 167.9 million euros.

German military gadgetry to the Arabian country included airplanes, spare parts for combat jets, missile parts, refueling aircraft, grenades, sea mine removal instruments and communication systems.

Critics have slammed German arms exports to the volatile Middle East region since the German constitution bans the sales of weapons to a crisis area.

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