European Countries Weigh Saudi Arabia Arms Deals After Khashoggi Death

Spain's parliament, for one, voted against freezing weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.
Posted at 3:15 PM, Oct 24, 2018

The death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has some European countries weighing their arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

On Tuesday, Spain's parliament voted against freezing its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, despite calls to stop conducting business with the country over Khashoggi's death.

And British Prime Minister Theresa May took a similar stance. She told Parliament Wednesday, "The procedures we follow are among the strictest in the world."

But Germany decided to halt future arms deals with Saudi Arabia earlier this week. Chancellor Angela Merkel said arms exports "can't take place in the current circumstances." 

As The Associated Press notes, Europe has sold billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia over the years.