Germany: Merkel calls continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia into question

One week ahead of the state elections in Hessen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference in Berlin, on Sunday, alongside Hessen Minister-President and fellow CDU politician Volker Bouffier. Both Merkel and Bouffier warned against the possibility of a left-wing government in Hessen, which Bouffier claimed would be a «catastrophe.» «The last thing that we need in Hessen would... Еще be a left-wing government. That would be a catastrophe for this economically powerful state,» Bouffier said. During the press conference, Merkel cast doubts over continued German arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in the wake of the recent death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month. The German chancellor said, «as far as arms exports are concerned, those can't take place in the current situation.»

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