Denmark suspends arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Nov 22, 2018, 5:26 AM EST
The action comes in response to Saudi Arabia's role in Khashoggi's murder.
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The Danish foreign ministry on Thursday announced the suspension of future approvals of weapon and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia amid concerns over the kingdom’s role in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and unrest in Yemen.

The announcement follows Germany’s move to halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia while France mulls sanctions and actions on similar lines, notes The Irish Times.

The action by Denmark steps up pressure on the U.S., which has been dragging feet over sanctioning Saudi Arabia, one of the largest importers of weapons, writes Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump, who sees the kingdom as a strategic ally in combating Iran in the Middle East, recently refused to condemn the Saudi regime for Khashoggi’s brutal murder.