Saudi Arabia is planning to buy patrol boats from Germany, according to a German newspaper. The government appears to have given approval to the sale, despite widespread public criticism.
The sale will total around 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion), the Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday. Germany’s federal security council, which includes Chancellor Angela Merkel, has according to the newspaper already approved the sale request, issued by the Bremen-based Lürssen shipyard.
The council must approve such deals in Germany but the decisions are not made public.
Saudi Arabia will receive the boats, worth between 10 and 25 million euros each, within two years after the contract has been signed, the paper said.
Criticism over sale
The government’s reported agreement of the sale to a country with controversial human rights record has sparked criticism eight months ahead of Germany’s national election.
German report on arms exports reveals little
Critics says the government’s report on arms exports lacks transparency: exporting companies are not named, and government sales are merely summarized. Yet the government claims it’s in-depth and detailed. (30.01.2013)
“The government apparently wants to totally arm Saudi Arabia and has not learned anything from the public protests against weapons deliveries to this country,” said Thomas Oppermann, parliamentary floor leader for the opposition Social Democrats.
In December, Bild am Sonntag reported that Germany was close to completing a 100-million-euro arms deal with Saudi Arabia for “Dingo” armored vehicles, and Der Spiegel magazine reported that the Gulf country also wanted to buy several hundred BOXER armored fighting vehicles.
“It’s time to stop all the weapons exports to Saudi Arabia,” said the Left party’s Jan van Aken, adding that his party would make that demand in parliament….
If you look at the specs for these “armored vehicles” they have the kits for both Open & Urban warfare. That is perfect if you want to use them for crowd control. Germany is deliberately selling arms to Monarch Oil Rich Nations, when they know that they would be Used on their own People. I GUARANTEE, the German public would not agree with these arms export IF they knew all the facts.