British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt has written to his German counterpart Heiko Maas to express London’s concerns about the freezing of German military exports to Saudi Arabia.
Currently visiting Berlin, Jeremy Hunt had written the letter before travelling to Germany.
On its electronic edition, the German daily Der Spiegel published excerpts from the letter in which Jeremy Hunt criticized Germany for its “lack of loyalty” because it had decided to freeze its arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia.
In his letter, Jeremy Hunt expresses deep concern about the impact of the German government’s decision on the British arms manufacturing industry.
“The freezing of deliveries of German parts for fighter aircraft, such as the Eurofighter Typhoon or the Tornado, prevents British companies from receiving orders and fulfilling their part of the contract,” he wrote.
The British Foreign Secretary said that the British manufacturer BAE Systems might be forced to pay compensation to the Saudis.
Germany stopped its arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who would most likely have been killed on the direct order of Saudi officials.