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Daily highlights massive German arms sales to Qadhafi regime

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Mar 5, IRNA -- Germany has played a major role in arming the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Qadhafi, according to a report published Saturday by the daily Saarbruecker Zeitung.

German arms exports to Libya totaled 83.5 million between 2005 and 2009 and included weapons like helicopters, radar systems, electronic communication equipment and all-terrain vehicles, the Berlin government said in response to a parliamentary inquiry.

In 2009, German arms sales to the North African country reached 53.2 million euros.

Critics of German weapon deliveries to Libya have pointed out that some of the arms could be used by the Qadhafi regime to suppress the ongoing uprising in that country.

Germany's overall arms export to the Near-and Middle East hovered around 1.1 billion euros and included other recipient countries like Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2009, the UAE was among the three leading recipients of German weapons, according to a report released by the German government late last year.

The tiny Persian Gulf sheikdom was ranked second after the US in terms of total German arms exports in 2009 which stood at 5.04 billion euros.

Germany sold around 540.7 million euros worth of military hardware to the UAE in 2009, among them radar and steering systems, torpedoes, simulators, missiles, hand grenades, armored vehicles, tank spare parts, automatic cannons, amphibious vehicles and trucks.

Meanwhile, another Persian Gulf country, Saudi Arabia, was listed sixth in the overall export of German weaponry with 167.9 million euros.

German military gadgetry to the Arab country included airplanes, spare parts for combat jets, missile parts, refueling aircraft, grenades, sea mine removal instruments and communication systems.

Critics have slammed German arms exports to the volatile Middle East region since the German constitution bans the sales of weapons to a crisis area.

The German government also never does report the actual volume of weapon sales to the Zionist regime.

A major arms supplier of the illegal Zionist state for decades, Berlin talks rarely in public about military deals as most of them are shrouded in secrecy in a bid not to antagonize Muslim and Arab states.

Germany delivered three of the Dolphin-calls diesel submarines in 1999 and 2000, which are widely believed to carry nuclear missiles.

Another two are on order from north German-based Kiel shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) and scheduled to be delivered by 2012.

Dolphins cost around 700 million US dollars but those in Israel's submarine fleet were extensively financed by Germany which feels 'devoted to the security' of the Zionist regime as a result of the Nazi-era mass killings of Jews.

Tel Aviv is still hoping for a similar financing package on two Meko corvettes, built at ThyssenKrupp's Blohm+Voss shipyards in Hamburg.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30281058

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