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Germany considering halting arms exports to Egypt: Merkel

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Germany’s economic ministry indicated on Saturday that it had frozen all decisions on arms exports to Egypt.

An Egyptian army armoured vehicle in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on August 18, 2013 (AFP, Virginie Nguyen Hoang)

An Egyptian army armoured vehicle in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on August 18, 2013 (AFP, Virginie Nguyen Hoang)

AFP – German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that stopping arms shipments to Egypt would be an appropriate way to put pressure on the country as it is gripped by deadly violence.

Speaking to German television station, ZDF, Merkel said arms exports to Egypt could be “subject to measures which clearly show our scepticism about what is happening.”

“There will probably be a meeting of European Union foreign ministers” in the coming days to assess the Egyptian situation, she said.

“We will examine what steps can be taken… we must act together and take the same measures,” said Merkel, who described the situation in Egypt as “worrying.”

EU diplomats are scheduled to hold emergency talks in Brussels about the ongoing bloodshed in Egypt on Monday.

More than 750 people were killed in four days of violence after a military and police crackdown on Islamist protesters loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

In an interview with the German weekly magazine, Focus, published on Sunday, the German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, said that Berlin’s export of arms to Egypt was “already restrictive.”

“And it will remain so, particularly in view of current developments,” he added.

Germany’s economic ministry indicated on Saturday that it had frozen all decisions on arms exports to Egypt.

European Union leaders, Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso, warned Cairo on Sunday that the EU was ready to “reexamine” its relations with Egypt if there was no end to the current violence.

  • Sir Hugh Barst

    A vote on whether to put a stop to exporting arms to Egypt ?!!! …my my…it`s a little late now is it not ?

  • Egylady93

    Take your aids together with your imperial plans and go to hell

    • Folina Rai

      Nazi terrorists like you are the shame for whole world.

      • Egylady93

        Egypt is set on fire while you call terrorists “Peaceful demonstrators” how for hell can MBs carrying weapons are called peaceful. If you want to know what is exactly going on in Egypt audio video spare few minutes and watch this video,,, you will then know why we don’t care much about U.S aid. We love American people but against supporting terrorists sponsoring lies about our army saying they shoot peaceful civilians. If you really care for serving humanity help share this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZgEP1NB3pLk#at=213

  • Ahmed Azzamy

    We do not need any aid whatsoever from ‘nazi’ terrorists. Go to hell all.

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    GERMANY IS CONSIDERING TO SOP EXPORTING ARMS TO EGYPY.
    IT IS A BLESSING FOR EGYPT.
    EGYPT SHOULD MAKE THEIR OWN ARMS LIKE IRAN.


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