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Will Germany freeze the arms deal with Egypt?

The mutual escalation between Egypt and Germany regarding the human rights situation in Egypt and the threat to freeze the military deal agreed upon by German Chancellor Angela Merkel before her departure to Egypt raised several questions about the future of the relationship between the two countries as a new government takes over the country.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) greets Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) upon his arrival for a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on Nov. 20, 2019.

CAIRO — In statements to the German News Agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Katja Keul commented Dec. 16 on former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approval of an arms export deal with Egypt one day before her departure.

“It is unimaginable for me that the new government was going to approve of this sale,” Keul said.

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