Canada's Breaking of Saudi Arms Deal to Lead to Damaging Consequences
17:53 29.03.2016(updated 18:34 29.03.2016)
Canada intends to honor existing arms contracts with Saudi Arabia because recalling the agreements would create a number of problems for the government and the industry, Canada's Foreign Minister Stephane Dion said at the Canada in Global Affairs Conference on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Canada will not cancel the deal, "because we would have to pay penalties for it, because it would put people out of job, because it would jeopardize an industry, because the weapon would be sold from [US states] Michigan or Ohio," Dion stated.
The minister added that the weapon deals cancellation would undermine credibility of the Canadian government.
"This is our call. We think this deal should be respected," Dion reiterated.
In February, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia due to its operation in Yemen. On Tuesday, the parliament of the Netherlands adopted a draft bill calling for the government to stop delivering arms to Saudi Arabia due to repeated violation of international humanitarian law in Yemen.
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