The European Parliament called on EU countries not to sell arms to Riyadh

© AP Photo / Jean-Francois BadiasГлава political faction of the European people’s party European Parliament Manfred WernerThe European Parliament called on EU countries not to sell arms to Riyadh© AP Photo / Jean-Francois Badias

The head of a leading political faction of the European Parliament – the European people’s party Manfred Werner on Tuesday urged member countries of the European Union to follow the example of Germany and to introduce a temporary ban on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder of a Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci.

On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said arms exports to Saudi Arabia impossible, given the circumstances of the death of the journalist.

«After the decision of the German government to stop all arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, it is important to define a common European line for the export of arms to that country. Europe must be United and have a unified position on this issue,» Werner told reporters.

The European Commission said on Monday that the decision on the introduction of EU arms embargo against Riyadh is the exclusive competence of the EU Council. The Belgian foreign Minister Didier Reynders said yesterday that several large countries-EU members to block the introduction of the regional community arms embargo against Riyadh, but did not name them. According to the Minister, Belgium had previously taken the initiative «to request an embargo on the European level». The question of the arms embargo of the EU against Riyadh has become topical again in connection with the murder of a Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci.

The European Parliament (EP) in September 2017 approved a resolution on the issue of control over export of arms, in which he urged the EU to impose arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. During the parliamentary debate MEPs accused Saudi Arabia in that it supplies imported from the EU weapons to terrorists in Syria and uses it in the conflict in Yemen.

To impose a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia require and European non-governmental organizations. According to them, now the countries of Europe, in particular Britain, France, Italy and Belgium, violate national laws that prohibit supplying arms to the state, in a state of war and violating human rights.

Saudi journalist Casucci was a columnist for the American newspaper the Washington Post and 2017 were living in the United States. He criticized the actions of the Saudi authorities after the appointment of the crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Casucci went missing in Turkey on 2 October after he had come to the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul for the documents for re-marriage. State media in Saudi Arabia on the night of Saturday, October 20, issued a message of the Prosecutor General of the country, which, according to preliminary data, Casucci dead, his demise brought a quarrel with employees of the Consulate. In this case arrested the 18 people who questioned, the Saudi authorities seek to establish the truth and bring to justice all those responsible.