Feb, 11\ NewNewss
France has shown no concrete signs of reducing or suspending arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen, diplomatic sources say, despite massive civilian casualties caused by the coalition bombing.
“There is a desire to show that France is doing something. It says some deliveries have been suspended in the past, but there is nothing to show that,” a source close to the matter said, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, a French diplomatic source claimed Paris has an export control system that takes into account the nature of the goods, the end user, human rights and regional situation.
He, however, declined to say if any sales to the Saudi-led coalition had been stopped.
A second diplomatic source said, “We’re told that there is a closer look at French arms exports to the [Saudi-led] coalition, but there is no information on either the suspension or cancelation of contracts.”
Around 13,600 people have died since Saudi Arabia started leading a number of its vassal states in an invasion of Yemen in March 2015.
The war, which enlists the participation, among others, of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Sudan, and Senegal, has been reinforced by arms supplies and logistical support from the United States, the United Kingdom and France.
London, Paris and Washington have been the biggest arms suppliers to the Riyadh regime since the war on Yemen broke out, according to a report by the campaign group Control Arms in September.
According to the Control Arms, France, the world’s fourth weapons exporter, authorized arms licenses worth $18 billion to Saudi Arabia in 2015 followed by the United States at $5.9 billion and Britain’s $4 billion.
In November, France sealed a contract for warships to the United Arab Emirates.