South Africa blocks arms sales to Saudi and UAE in inspection row

South Africa is blocking arms sales to countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE in an inspections dispute, endangering billions…

South Africa is blocking arms sales to countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE in an inspections dispute, endangering billions of dollars of business and thousands of jobs in its struggling defence sector, according to industry officials.

The dispute centres on a clause in export documents that requires foreign customers to pledge not to transfer weapons to third parties and to allow South African officials to inspect their facilities to verify compliance, according to the four officials as well as letters obtained by Reuters.

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