Jan 5, 2016, 10:04 AM
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German Greens urge Berlin to impose arms sales ban on Saudi Arabia

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA - The German Green Party has called for a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia amid increased tensions between Riyadh and Tehran following the recent execution of a prominent Shia cleric by Riyadh, Sputnik reported the party leader Cem Oezdemir as saying.

'…it is also necessary for the [German] federal government to hold clear talks with Saudi Arabia instead of only providing weapons,' Oezdemir said, adding that the executions in Saudi Arabia were a clear violation of human rights.

The Greens are demanding to immediately halt trade relations with Saudi Arabia and introduce a ban on arms sales to the country, Sputnik said.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Shia Muslim cleric known for his sermons criticizing the kingdom’s government and for his support of political protests in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province.

At that day, the Saudi Interior Ministry said 47 people have been executed on charges of what it referred to as terrorism.

Prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was among those executed.

The Saudi move triggered mass protests in Iran and other countries.