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Denmark suspends arms sales to UAE: Foreign minister

Move comes as reaction to country's role in Yemen humanitarian crisis, local media reports

  | 17.01.2019
Denmark suspends arms sales to UAE: Foreign minister Foreign Minister of Denmark Anders Samuelsen

By Davut Colak

COPENHAGEN 

Denmark suspended arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its role in the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, according to local media reports on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen made the announcement at parliament, saying his ministry informed the directorate general of security, demanding to halt arms export permits for the UAE, local daily Information reported.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and several of its Arab allies -- including the UAE -- have waged a massive military campaign against the Houthis, who had overrun much of Yemen one year earlier.

Denmark had also suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia in November for the kingdom’s role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Reporting by Davut Colak:Writing by Busra Nur Bilgic

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