المملكة العربية السعودية تتصدر تجارة الأسلحة الألمانية في 2012
دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي ضاعفت مشترياتها من العتاد الالماني في 2012 بأجمالي مشتريات بقيمة 1.42 مليار يورو
وفي 2011 كان الرقم عند 570 مليون يورو
المشتريات السعودية العسكرية من المانيا في 2012 بلغت 1.24 مليار يورو
وهو 9 أضعاف ماكانت عليه في 2011
Saudi Arabia tops German arms trade list
German weapons exports to Persian Gulf states more than doubled between
2011 and 2012, with Saudi Arabia by far the biggest buyer, according to
information dug up by a left-wing MP published in Friday's Süddeutsche
The states of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United
Arab Emirates, which form the Gulf cooperation council, spent between
them €1.42 billion on German arms in 2012.
This was a huge increase from the 2011 figure of €570 million. The
information was released by the Economy Ministry in response to a
written parliamentary question submitted by the socialist Left party,
the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.
The biggest arms customer of the region was Saudi Arabia which spent
€1.24 billion in 2012 alone - nine times the amount it spent on German
weapons the year before.
German business with Saudi Arabia is highly contentious because of the
kingdom's poor domestic human rights record and its intervention in
neighbouring Bahrain two years ago to help the government there put down
"The Gulf states continue to arm themselves, and the government has
absolutely no compunction about arming them to the teeth," said Jan van
Aken, an MP from The Left party.
He said the fact that Saudi Arabia was by far the leading customer for
the German arms export industry clearly showed "that the most grave
rights abuses are obviously no longer any reason to refuse exportsالـــمــــصــــدر