Swiss ban planemaker Pilatus from operating in Saudi Arabia and UAE Jun 27, 2019 0 340 12345 ReutersZURICHSwitzerland has banned planemaker Pilatus from operating in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), saying on Wednesday the company had breached Swiss rules on giving logistical support to foreign armed forces now engaged in a war in Yemen.The Swiss foreign ministry said it had gathered “sufficient evidence” that Pilatus failed to declare activities backing foreign militaries, as required by Swiss law, and added it has reported the shortcomings to the nation’s attorney general for further investigation.The Swiss government has been investigating Pilatus for months. In 2017 the company signed a contract with Saudi Arabia to support a fleet of PC-21 turboprop planes operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force, according to the Stans-based firm’s annual report. The Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in Yemen in 2015, helping plunge the Middle Eastern country into a humanitarian crisis.“Support services supplied by Pilatus Aircraft to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates... are incompatible with the federal government’s foreign policy objectives,” the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said in a statement. “The FDFA has therefore called for these services to be discontinued.” Privately held Pilatus now has 90 days to pull out of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the FDFA said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump warns any conflict with Iran 'wouldn't last long' Jun 27, 2019 0 1330 Iran ‘never seeks war’ with US, says Rouhani Jun 27, 2019 0 329 Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: President Jun 27, 2019 0 348 Palestinians snub US M-E peace plan as Kushner keeps mum on political details Reuters MANAMA Palestinians poured scorn on the Trump administration’s much-touted peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday, saying its framework for a trade and investment boost ignored their .. Erdogan says no indication from Trump of US sanctions over S-400 deal Reuters ANKARA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he had not seen indications in his talks with President Donald Trump that the United States will impose sanctions on Ankara over its purchase of .. Saudi probe dodges who ordered Khashoggi murder: UN expert Reuters GENEVA The UN executions investigator said on Wednesday that leaders attending the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this weekend should press Saudi Arabia to take “full responsibility” for what she called the state .. Oman to open first Gulf Arab embassy in Palestinian areas Muscat: Oman said on Wednesday that it will open an embassy in the Palestinian territories in support of the Palestinian people, in a first for a Gulf Arab state. The announcement coincided with a US-led economic workshop .. Iran tells UN it cannot save nuclear deal Iran told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that it cannot “alone” save the nuclear deal, turning up pressure on the Europeans, Russia and China as it moved toward a possible breach of its commitments to limit its ..