The coronavirus ‘renews’ the $14B military deal between Canada and Saudi Arabia
OTTAWA, (BM) – Canada plans to remove the freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia and will renew a $ 14 billion contract for the sale of General Dynamics Corp armored vehicles in Riyadh, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Francois-Philippe Champagne.
He argues Ottawa decision with the fact that “the changes made to the contract will provide thousands of jobs for residents of Canada.”
“However, under the terms of the revised agreement, Canada may delay or revoke permits without penalties if it finds that Saudi Arabia is not using vehicles for their stated purpose. Ottawa will also increase its control over all proposed arms sales” he also said.
Canadian opposition outraged
Opposition Democrats said Ottawa “is sending armored vehicles to an undemocratic authoritarian regime with a terrible reputation in the field of human rights” and demanded that the deal be rolled back:
“We are concerned about the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, especially with regard to women’s rights.”
General Dynamics factory is located in London, Ontario. This is an area with high unemployment. Particularly difficult things are now, when against the backdrop of the outbreak of coronavirus job losses have become, according to the Canadian government, “catastrophic.”
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