German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited Saudi Arabia in a bid to boost economic relations. But a senior official says his country won't be needing German guns and tanks anymore.
Saudi Arabia is not dependent on Germany for its arms and will find other suppliers, Foreign Minister Adel al Jubair said. It comes after Germany blocked further arms exports to countries involved in the war in Yemen.
The Syrian opposition and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are not the only groups fighting in the conflict. Other countries have also intervened to pursue their own interests.
Saudi Arabia spends hundreds of millions of euros on military equipment from Germany each year. More than 5,000 civilians have died in the proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran.
Berlin's top diplomat has joined Russia, Iran and China in condemning the Trump adminstration's plans to expand its nuclear capabilities. He warned that "the spiral of a new nuclear arms race is already underway."
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