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Finland Pauses New Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE Over Yemen War

© Sputnik / Office of the General Administration of the President of Yemen, Sanaa
Office of the General Administration of the President of Yemen, Sanaa - Sputnik International
HELSINKI (Sputnik) - Helsinki will not authorize new arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Finland's Foreign Ministry said Thursday, citing an alarming situation in Yemen.

"The Government discussed arms export matters and decided that in the current situation there are no foundations for new arms export authorisations," the ministry said in a statement.

The Finnish ministry explained that the decision was based on EU’s arms export criteria and deliberations that paid attention, in particular, to Yemen where Saudi and UAE air forces have been attacking Houthi rebels.

Rifles shown at the exhibition of weapons taken from Syrian militants as part of the 4th International Military Technical Forum, Army 2018, in Kubinka - Sputnik International
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Earlier on Thursday, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen announced that the Scandinavian nation would not approve any new arms exports to Saudi Arabia over its role in the Yemen war and the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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War in Yemen

Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Houthi positions from the Saudi border with Yemen April 13, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The hostilities in war-torn Yemen continue raging since 2015. It started with the standoff between Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's government and Shiite Houthi movement, which forced the president to flee the country. Later, the Saudi-led coalition announced their support for Hadi and joined the fight.

READ MORE: Estimated 85K Children May Have Starved to Death in Yemen Due to Saudi War

Due to the severe humanitarian situation in the country, the United Nations has been trying to revive peace talks between Houthi rebels and the government in Yemen. However, a UN plan to organize talks in Geneva in September was abandoned after Houthis said they were prevented from leaving the country.

READ MORE: State Department Says Yemen's Hudaydah Port Must Be Turned Over to Neutral Party

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