Norway suspends UAE arms sales

OSLO: Norway yesterday announced it has suspended arms and ammunition exports to the United Arab Emirates because of the nation’s involvement in the Yemen war. The UAE is part of a Saudi Arabia-led coalition that has been fighting in Yemen since March 2015. The conflict has killed more than 8,750 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The suspension of arms exports, adopted on Dec 19, is a precautionary move and does not indicate that Norwegian weapons have been used in Yemen, Oslo said. Norwegian arms sales in the UAE had almost doubled in 2016 compared to the previous year, reaching 79 million kroner ($9.7 million). Norway says it does not sell arms to Saudi Arabia.

This article was published on 03/01/2018