The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended licences for the export of weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based on the situation in Yemen.
The growing risks of war and the UAE’s military activity in the Middle East country led to the decision.
The Norwegian ministry has also stated that no new licences will be issued for the export of Category A defence-related products to the UAE.
There is no clear indication that the weapons and ammunition exported from Norway have been used in the increased armed conflict in Yemen, noted the ministry.
However, the decision is a strict precautionary measure to avoid the country’s involvement in the conflict.
Norway Foreign Affairs Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said: “In general, Norway has very strict legislation and guidelines for the export of arms, ammunition and other military equipment.
“Since 2010, it has been possible to export weapons and ammunition to the UAE. It has not been, and is still not, possible to export arms and ammunition to Saudi Arabia.”
The ministry will be lowering the threshold for refusing licences for the export of Category B defence-related products and goods to countries involved in military activities in Yemen.
Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is conducting detailed assessments of all individual applications for export licences. Particular focus is placed on the risk of the military products being used in Yemen.