Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey

Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey 12 October, 2019

The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday.

"The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria."

The Netherlands also called on EU member states to "exercise restraint and closely follow the criteria for arms exports" to Turkey.

The Netherlands exports parts for tanks and armoured vehicles, technology, software and components for fighter planes and attack helicopters to Turkey.

Earlier this week, Norway and Finland announced the suspension of all new arms exports to Turkey or any other country involved in the fighting.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria targeting terrorists.

Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey

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