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October 12, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing its first major foreign policy question since unification, Germany on Thursday ruled out the sale of weapons to Arab states despite an urgent appeal from Saudi Arabia that it make a stronger commitment in the Persian Gulf crisis. Germany apparently dodged a potentially embarrassing request from the Saudis for about 540 million marks' ($350 million) worth of arms. Such a sale would surely damage Germany's sensitive relations with its Jewish community and with Israel.
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October 12, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing its first major foreign policy question since unification, Germany on Thursday ruled out the sale of weapons to Arab states despite an urgent appeal from Saudi Arabia that it make a stronger commitment in the Persian Gulf crisis. Germany apparently dodged a potentially embarrassing request from the Saudis for about 540 million marks' ($350 million) worth of arms. Such a sale would surely damage Germany's sensitive relations with its Jewish community and with Israel.
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