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Spain Bans Export of Arms to Egypt; Acts on Britain’s Protest

The Foreign Office today announced that, following a British Government protest, Spain has banned the export of arms to Egypt, Reports from Spain a few days ago told of large arms contracts including orders for machine guns, mortars and shells, having been placed in Spain by the Egyptian government.

Today’s announcement by the Foreign Office reads: “The Spanish Government has given assurance that, in view of prevailing international conditions, export of arms to countries outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be prohibited.” Egypt is not a member of NATO.