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Merkel's Government Extends Saudi Arms Ban Until September

  • Extension resolves dispute within Germany’s ruling coalition
  • Plan includes exceptions for joint European defense projects
Angela Merkel
Angela MerkelPhotographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government extended a weapons embargo on Saudi Arabia for six months, resolving a dispute in the German coalition over European defense projects.

The halt to weapons deliveries will run until Sept. 30 and no new contracts would be permitted during that time frame, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in an emailed statement late Thursday. Exceptions would be made for joint export projects until the end of the year, pending talks with partner countries.