Merkel wants to keep Saudi Arabia weapons export ban in place Sep 18, 2019 0 272 12345 dpaBerlinGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she currently sees no basis for lifting an export ban on weapons to Saudi Arabia.“At the moment, I see no precondition for the German government’s position to change,” she said in Berlin when asked about the weapons embargo, which is set to expire at the end of September.Another member of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union, parliamentarian Juergen Hardt, had called for an end to the ban following drone attacks at the weekend on major Saudi oil facilities, which sent oil prices soaring.Saudi Arabia’s self-defence is also in the interest of Germany’s stability, Hardt told the Editor Network Germany group.That position was rejected by other German political parties.“Given the escalation in the Gulf, it is ludicrous to increase the risks there even more with further arms exports,” Agnieszka Brugger, a defence expert for the Greens, told dpa. RELATED ARTICLES Iran leader rules out US talks as tensions rise over Saudi attacks Sep 18, 2019 0 1205 Dutch Palestinian seeks damages from Israel’s Gantz Sep 18, 2019 0 345 HK leader to hold dialogue aimed at easing tensions Sep 18, 2019 0 1237 Saudi will defend its land, can respond to attack on vital facilities: King Salman dpa Cairo Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdelaziz said on Tuesday that the kingdom is able to deal with the effects of the “cowardly attacks” that targeted major Saudi oil facilities. In a cabinet meeting, the king said .. Trump hints at Iran’s role in Saudi oil attacks but says doesn’t want war WASHINGTON/DUBAI: US President Donald Trump said on Monday said it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised .. Air strikes kill 10 pro-Iran fighters in Syria: Monitor Beirut: Overnight air strikes killed 10 pro-Iranian Iraqi militiamen in eastern Syria, a war monitor said Tuesday, without specifying who carried them out. The strikes targeted “three positions of the (Iranian) .. Jordan says 153,000 Syrians returned home since October AFP Amman Around 153,000 Syrians have returned to their country from Jordan since the reopening of a key border post last October, the interior ministry said Tuesday. Of the 153,000 who returned via the Jaber post, around .. Russia detains two N Korean vessels after one opens fire Reuters MOSCOW Russian border guards have detained two North Korean boats in Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan after one of them attacked a Russian patrol, local media cited the Federal Security Service .. Grace Mugabe will keep her fortune, says Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa dpa Harare Grace Mugabe, the widow of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe, will keep the fortune accrued by her family during her husband’s 37 years in power, authorities said on Tuesday. “President Emmerson ..