More than a quarter of the revenue generated by German firms exporting military equipment in 2012 hailed from one country, Saudi Arabia. Despite an overall decline, the annual arms export report has courted criticism.
Germany has approved fewer arms exports to Turkey in response to the continued imprisonment of German citizens. But opposition figures say the cuts aren't going far enough.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system for $15 billion from the US. Long in the works, the agreement comes a day after King Salman signed a deal with Moscow.
Over 100 states are meeting in Geneva to discuss why the three-year-old Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has so far failed. Signatories are still sending arms to Saudi Arabia despite ethical commitments.
Saudi authorities say they made two arrests and thwarted attacks involving "suicide vests" at government buildings. The country remains on high alert following a series of bombings during Ramadan last year.
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