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A German court on Thursday ordered the government to decide whether to allow gunmaker Heckler & Koch to export parts to Saudi Arabia, handing a partial victory to the arms manufacturer.Heckler & Koch, one of the world's best-known gunmakers, filed a complaint last year against the government for delaying its decision on licensing the export of parts needed to manufacture its G36 assault rifle in Saudi Arabia. Frankfurt's Administrative Court ruled on Thursday that the Federal Office for Export Control must now decide one way or another on the Heckler & Koch case.It noted that Gabriel remained critical of exports to Saudi Arabia and had spoken out against an approval of the licence in February.In the first six months of 2015, Germany permitted the export of arms worth over 178 million euros to Saudi Arabia, according to a report by the economy ministry in October 2015 .
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