Belgium withdraws licenses to export arms to Saudi Arabia
The Belgian State Council has temporarily withdrawn 8 licenses to export arms to Saudi Arabia from the leading military industry company “FN Herstal”, the Belga official agency reported Saturday.

The decision of the judiciary in the Belgian Kingdom was based on the fact that the authorities in the province of Wallonia (the French-speaking region of Belgium), which issued the company’s export license, did not fully and correctly consider the extent to which basic rights were respected in Saudi Arabia, June 2012 on “Import, Export, Transfer and Transit of Arms and Military Goods”.

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