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Dominic Raab: UK government will stop new defense export licenses to Turkey

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Dominic Raab said that Britain would end new arms export licenses to Turkey

On Tuesday, Dominic Raab said that Britain would end new arms export licenses to Turkey because of worry over its military activity against Kurdish powers in northeast Syria.

Raab said that “The UK government takes its arms export control duties very sincerely, and for this situation, obviously, we will keep our defense exports to Turkey under cautious and continuous audit,” Reuters reported.

“Turkey won’t receive export licenses any further for things that may be utilized in military tasks in Syria will be conceded while we direct that review,” he added.

In the meantime, Bulgaria called neighboring Turkey on Tuesday to cancel its military offensive in northeast Syria, saying the viciousness could prompt rising quantities of migrants crossing the border and increase the danger of a humanitarian crisis, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published.

Turkey, which hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees, has taken steps to “open the doors” to enable those displaced people to set out toward Europe if the EU restricted Turkey’s activities in northern Syria.

While US President Donald Trump forced sanctions on Turkey, and on Monday, the EU decided to take a step by enabling part nations to think about their very own limitations on arms deals to Turkey – a measure that is probably going to be dismissed as minor as arms record for only 45 million Euros out of in excess of 150 billion Euros in Turkey-EU exchange.

“We must organize our activities universally, that is the most significant thing in this circumstance. This additionally applies to the European Union,” German Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Reuters in a meeting.

He stated that the military heightening in Syria must be halted; including that, for now, Germany would not defer any arms exports to Turkey, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published.

Article Credit:- Arab News/ Asharq Al-Awsat/Reuters

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