CAIRO: Egypt’s Ambassador to Germany Mohamed Hegazy said German authorities stopped two Egyptian ships carrying weapon parts for the Egyptian Armed Forces on Saturday, reported Youm7.
He said the halt was not related to the European Union’s decision on August 21, 2013 to stop giving licenses for equipment that may be used in dispersing protests. He emphasized that the German army was not involved with this matter.
Hegazy added to CBC channel that he contacted the German authorities and the defense council for explanations. He said that he would be given explanations on Monday morning and the two ships would be released.
The German customs in Hamburg port stopped two ships transporting arms for the Egyptian army in their way to Egypt in compliance with a weapons ban imposed by the European Union on Cairo and because there is suspicion that Egyptian authorities would use these weapons against protesters, according to Der Spiegel magazine.
The Egyptian government demanded the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs release the two ships and allow them to head to North Africa, reported Der Spiegel.
This is not the first time Germany had taken punitive measures against Egypt after authorities use violence on protesters. Berlin halted security cooperation agreement with Cairo months ago and stopped cooperation in the field of fighting “terrorism” temporarily.
Additional reporting by Samir Hosny.