Britain to halt new defense export licenses to Turkey: UK foreign minister

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said no further arms export licenses to Turkey would be granted while the UK conducts a review. (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2019

Britain to halt new defense export licenses to Turkey: UK foreign minister

  • ‘The UK government takes its arm export control responsibilities very seriously’

LONDON: Britain is to halt new arms export licenses to Turkey as a result of concern over its military operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, the foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday.
“The UK government takes its arm export control responsibilities very seriously and in this case, of course, we will keep our defense exports to Turkey under very careful and continual review,” Raab told parliament.
“No further export licenses to Turkey for items that might be used in military operations in Syria will be granted while we conduct that review.”


Algeria to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday

Updated 05 June 2020

Algeria to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday

  • The North African country has so far reported 9,831 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 681 deaths

ALGIERS: Algeria will resume some economic activities and allow a number of businesses to reopen from Sunday as part of a plan to end the coronavirus lockdown, the prime minister's office said on Thursday.
It said the government would allow the construction and public works sector to resume activity to help ease the impact of the coronavirus-linked restrictions imposed in March.
The government will also permit the reopening of businesses such as home appliances, vegetable and fruit markets, pastries and men's barbershops.
The second stage of the lockdown relaxation will start on June 14, allowing more businesses to resume, the government said, without giving details.
“The success of the plan to resume economic activity remains dependent on the ability of merchants and operators to ensure the safety of their employees and customers,” the prime minister's office said.
The North African country has so far reported 9,831 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 681 deaths.