Belgian Foreign Minister supports ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

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2019-05-11 | Since 4 Month

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Renders

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Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Renders has called for a suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of doubts about their use in the conflict in Yemen.

The Minister asked the three main regions of Belgium, in particular Wallonia, to take a decision in this direction. The authorities in the three Belgian regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels) have the power to grant export licenses to producers of arms and military equipment.

It is known that three-quarters of the Belgian arms industry is concentrated in Wallonia, where heavy machine guns and FN Herstal assault rifles are produced. It is considered Saudi One of the largest arms companies in the region.

Reinders, who also holds the defense portfolio in the federal government, said Veli Borsos, chief executive of Wallonia, should stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia because of the conflict in Yemen. "The contracts provide for this," he said.

A source in the French ports sector told AFP on Friday that the Saudi cargo ship "Bahri Yanbu", which was scheduled to dock at the port of Havre to load a controversial French arms shipment, would not stop at the French port.

For her part, Philly Porsos confirmed that the Wallonia region "no longer grants any (export) permission to Saudi Arabia" since the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

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