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UAE Ambassador to Germany calls for export agreements

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“We know that the German military industry is ready to deliver all of the goods.

“And we do expect the terms of the contracts committed to by all parties to be honoured,’’ Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed, the UAE’s Ambassador in Berlin, said in an interview with dpa.

Germany’s coalition government resolved in 2018 to halt arms exports to countries directly involved in the four-year Yemen conflict, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Existing contracts have been allowed to continue, though Germany has pressed for assurances that the arms will not be used in the conflict a qualification that has been met with little understanding in the UAE.

“We have a very tough neighbourhood.

“You buy military equipment for a purpose.

“You do not want to use it, but sometimes you need to use it,’’ the ambassador said.

Al-Ahmed noted that many export contracts are decades old.

He said any changes due to “a new political situation here in Germany’’ were Germany’s right to make, but should only apply to new contracts.

Like Germany, he insisted the UAE was interested in a political solution and that there was “no military solution’’ to the Yemen conflict.