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Germany’s Trade with Arabs is Down

West Germany’s trade with Arab countries declined substantially during the first six months of this year, with some political ramifications. The Ministry for Economics reported that imports from Arab countries amounted to 9.3 billion Marks in the six-month period, down by 34.2 percent while exports amounted to 14.3 billion Marks, a 17.7 percent drop. According to the Ministry, this trend is likely to continue.

Politically, it has been reflected in a less one-sided attitude in Bonn toward the Arab-Israeli conflict. That was apparent when West Germany took the initiative to lift the sanctions imposed on Israel by the European Economic Community (EEC) after its invasion of Lebanon in June, 1982.