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Italy plans to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia

2018/12/29, 10:17


Italy plans to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Truth NGO - 'We are not in favour of the sale of these weapons and so now it is only a question of formalising this position,' says Giuseppe Conte. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday his government was in favor of halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia and it intended to take a formal position on the matter.

“We are not in favor of the sale of these weapons and so now it is only a question of formalizing this position and acting accordingly,” Conte told reporters at the prime minister’s traditional end-year news conference.

He was answering a question on Italy’s ongoing arms exports to Saudi Arabia in the light of its involvement in the conflict in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi.
Yemen has been locked in civil war since 2015, with the government backed by a Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite Houthi movement.

According to the United Nations, the conflict has left 14 million people facing starvation, pushing it towards becoming one of the worst famines in living memory.

Denmark, Finland, and Norway have all decided to stop selling weapons to the Saudi regime, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said he wanted to find a way out of his nation’s arms deal.

However, many more nations are still exporting weapons to the Middle Eastern kingdom, including France and the UK.

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Saudi Arabia، Jamal Khashoggi، Italy، Yemen، arms sales،Human Rights

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