Germany ready to sell Saudi Arabia 200 tanks-Spiegel
After previous requests, Germany has now agreed to supply military vehicles to Saudi Arabia. - Reuters
July 4, 2011 9:38 by p.deleon
Germany is ready to sell more than 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia in a multi-billion euro deal after the government’s security council gave its stamp of approval last week, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday.
A government spokesman declined to comment on the report that said Saudi Arabia was interested in acquiring more than 200 2A7+ tanks, saying the government provided no information on security council decisions or individual export deals.
The opposition Greens and the Left party said they would condemn the weapons sale to Saudi Arabia if it were confirmed, pointing out it would be a violation of restrictions on arms exports. The tanks are made by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall (Writing by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Alison Williams)