Berlin The Federal Government is aiming for a normalization of the relationship with Saudi Arabia. For this purpose, with the support of the Federal Police, a part of the strategic partnership in the security area should be revived.
According to one Report of the magazine "Spiegel" should be Interior Ministry, Foreign Office and Chancellery have agreed to send back to the United States Federal Police to train there Saudi border guards. "The federal government has decided to resume the training measures," said a spokesman for the Interior Department the magazine.
Since 2009, the Federal Police have been supporting Saudi Arabia with training and advisory measures in the modernization of border management – most recently with 70 police officers. In October 2018, the cooperation was suspended after the murder of journalist and regime critic Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Federal Police did not close their project office, but there were no more courses. That the training and consulting mission is now being resumed, encounters harsh criticism.
"In particular, as long as the murder of the journalist and regime critic Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is not fully understood, I do not think that the Federal Police's cooperation with the Saudi authorities should be continued," the head of the federal police union, Ernst G.- Walter, the Handelsblatt.
Also from the SPD comes criticism. The basis of any police cooperation with another country is the strict observance of human rights. "Saudi Arabia is one of the most extreme examples of violating human rights," said the human rights spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Frank Schwabe, Handelsblatt. "Therefore, the Ministry of the Interior may not cooperate with this country. There is no basis for that at all. "
Saudi Arabia continues to be criticized internationally
Walter said political decisions of the Federal Government have to respect the federal police in principle and implement. However, he considered it "extremely precarious to send colleagues to a country in which democratic unions would never be allowed and other human rights would obviously be trampled on."
What the federal government has moved to resume police cooperation, says the spokesman for the Interior Ministry not. Saudi Arabia continues to be criticized internationally for the killing of Kashoggi, the bloody war in Yemen and the precarious human rights situation in its own country. The UN also assumes that the critic of the Saudi government was murdered by a killer squad on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
In the past, the German government had justified the operation by saying that the modernization of the Saudi border protection was "Germany's interest in foreign and security policy". In addition, the training is "an essential prerequisite for an effective fight against terrorism in the entire region".
More: Khashoggi Murder: Why the UN sees evidence of involvement by the Saudi Crown Prince.
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