SOUTH AFRICA BLOCKS ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA AND UAE (AND OMAN AND ALGERIA) IN INSPECTION ROW

On 25th November, Defence Web reported that the dispute centres on a clause in export documents that requires foreign customers to pledge not to transfer weapons to third parties and to allow South African officials to inspect their facilities to verify compliance.  One company, RDM, said some of its exports to the Middle East had not been approved since March.  Saudi Arabia and UAE, which account for at least a third of South Africa’s arms exports and are engaged in a war in Yemen, have rejected the inspections which they consider a violation of their sovereignty.  Oman and Algeria have also refused inspections and seen their imports from South Africa blocked.  Exports now make up the bulk of revenues for major defence companies in South Africa.

https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/south-africa-blocks-arms-sales-to-saudi-and-uae-in-inspection-row/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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