The German Ministry of Economy announced that the value of arms deals that Germany agreed to export to Egypt, Turkey and the UAE amounted to more than 330 million euros.
According to DW Arabic, from January 20 to May 3, 2020, Germany approved arms shipments to Egypt alone for €308.2 million. The German government also approved arms shipments to Turkey worth €15.1 million, and to the United Arab Emirates at €7.7 million.
From the beginning of the year to the end of March, the German government approved the export of weapons and equipment worth €1.16 billion, an increase of €45 million compared to the same period in the year 2019. The German government says that this is related to "individual permits related to the maritime field."
The Economy Ministry said the increase was due to a deal struck with Egypt involving a frigate and a submarine. At €290 million in sales, Egypt's nominally civilian government led by the former head of the army was by far the largest arms buyer from Germany in the first quarter of this year.