Spain will go ahead with arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Spain will go ahead with arms deal with Saudi Arabia
(AFP)
Updated 13 September 2018

Spain will go ahead with arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Spain will go ahead with arms deal with Saudi Arabia

MADRID: Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday.
“The decision is that these bombs will be delivered to honor a contract that comes from 2015, and was made by the previous government,” Borrell told Onda Cero radio.
Several government ministries had worked on the issue for a week and the contract was reviewed three times by a commission that authorizes arms sales, Borrell said, adding, “We found no reason not to carry it out.”
Borrell said the laser-guided bombs hit their targets with “extraordinary precision” of within one meter. “This kind of weapon does not produce the same sort of bombing as less sophisticated weapons, launched a bit randomly.”
The defense ministry said last month that the current Socialist government, which took power in June, had never sold arms that could be used against a civilian population and would review the criteria used to authorize arms sales.