» 07/30/2012, 00.00
GERMANY - US - MIDEAST
Berlin and Washington to sell weapons to Mideast nations to boost Mideast stability
The German government confirms talks are underway to sell tanks to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The US plans to strengthen Kuwait defence with missile and radar systems. Some experts warn this might harm human rights and increase the power of local dictatorships.
12/08/2016 16:06:00 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Washington approves US$ 1.5 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia
The contract includes 130 tanks, other weapons and military assistance. Riyadh vows to fight Islamic State but uses its weapons mostly against its rivals in the region. Only ten Saudi fighters are involved in the anti-Daesh coalition, but one hundred are used in Yemen against Houthi Shias. For French diplomat, through money flows and arms sales the West has created its own enemy.
29/08/2012 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Saudi Arabia, a weapons manufacturer's best friend
In 2011, the United States tripled weapons sales thanks to Saudi purchases. The Middle East remains the best market for weapons sales. Riyadh buys 84 fighter planes and dozens of helicopters. The United Arab Emirates buy a missile defence shield and helicopters. Market is driven by fears of an Iranian attack and support for the Syrian rebellion.
20/12/2016 17:52:00 YEMEN – SAUDI ARABIA – UNITED KINGDOM
Saudi Arabia dropped British cluster bombs in Yemen, killing civilians
The bombs were bought in the 1980s. Since 2010, the international community has banned their sale. For the Saudi authorities, the bombs hit "legitimate military targets to defend Saudi towns and villages”. For the UN, Saudi air strikes are responsible for almost half of all civilian casualties.
17/11/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Washington in arms deal with Saudi Arabia for $ 1.29 billion
The deal is for arms and spare parts. Weapons would include 13 thousand "smart" bombs. Congress has 30 days to approve the agreement, but in all likelihood will give go ahead. Axis between the US and Saudis strengthens, after the tensions over the Iranian nuclear deal. Middle East world’s largest arms market.
17/08/2017 10:58:00 SAUDI ARABIA - QATAR
Riyadh opens the border with Qatar to let pilgrims in
King Salman orders the reopening of the Salwa border area. A gesture of courtesy towards the Muslim population and Muslims, but the deep divisions between the two countries remain. Bahrain accuses Qatar of fomenting the anti-government revolts of the past. It points to contacts between the former Doha premier and the former leader of the internal opposition.
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