While many Americans feel as though President Trump and the U.S. Congress should act quickly to punish Saudi Arabia for what appears to be the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Germany is wasting no time in punishing the Arab nation.
Reuters reports that Germany will halt the exports of arms to Saudi Arabia while the investigations into Khashoggi’s death continue.
After Saudi Arabia admitted that the killing of the journalist took place in their own consulate, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel took the lead in issuing a punishment. While Trump has come to the defense of the Saudis, other nations believe that Saudi Arabia should be held accountable.
“First, we condemn this act in the strongest terms,” Merkel said. “Second, there is an urgent need to clarify what happened – we are far from this having been cleared up and those responsible held to account. I agree with all those who say that the, albeit already limited, arms exports can’t take place in the current circumstances.”
This move by Merkel is likely going to put pressure on other nations including the United States to at least temporarily halt their exports of arms and other goods to Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that Trump has said that he will not pause exports to the country.
This comes on the heels of it being discovered that a Saudi operative was seen wearing Khashoggi’s clothes as he left the consulate on the day of the murder, further fueling the narrative that the Saudis were trying to cover the crime up.