This file photo taken on November 16, 2015 shows a Saudi F-15 fighter jet landing at the Khamis Mushayt military airbase, some 880 km from the capital Riyadh, as the Saudi army conducts operations over Yemen. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Germany is sticking to its weapons exports freeze to Saudi Arabia, the government said Wednesday, resisting pressure to soften its stance after criticism from Britain and defence firms, including Airbus, who argue it is hurting commerce. Germany said in November that it would reject future arms export licenses to Riyadh over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt has urged Germany to soften its line, saying it is "imperative" that it exempt big defense projects from its arms sales halt to Saudi Arabia or face damage to its commercial credibility.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said decisions on arms shipments to Saudi Arabia were tied to the conflict in Yemen.
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