Spain’s king selling weapons in Saudi Arabia

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SOME countries have oil, some have gas, others minerals under the earth. Spain has weapons, warships, artillery and a keen buyer in Saudi Arabia.

King Felipe VI is doing his diplomatic duty and has travelled to the desert kingdom today, November 12, for his first state visit, with the sale of five warships on the agenda.

He is the pretty face behind a deal that would see the Saudis pay more than two billion euros for five Avante 2200 corvette patrol vessels to be built by Navantia.

The move has already ignited protest. Amnesty International are pleading with Spain not to go through with the sale, arguing that the new weaponry would would used to kill innocent civilians in Yemen.

The Saudis are engaged in a low level proxy war against Iran in the war-torn country. Human rights groups have long denounced the comfortable relationship between western powers and the Riyadh regime, which is comparable to Daesh in its barbarity.
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