Germany slams U.S. arms deal


Germany’s foreign minister criticized the U.S. arms package for the Middle East.

“A military buildup is hardly the best solution to the unstable situation in the Middle East,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Thursday’s edition of the German daily Handelsblatt, according to a Reuters report. “We think that a political dialogue with all of the actors in the region is the way to go.”

The United States this week announced a package that would include $30 billion in defense assistance to Israel and $13 billion to Egypt over 10 years, and a $20 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf neighbors. The sale is aimed at promoting a united front against Iran and enticing Saudi Arabia into backing the latest U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian peace effort.

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