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Spain will go ahead with arms deal with KSA

Spain will go ahead with arms deal with KSA

MADRID, Sept 14: Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday. "The decision is that these bombs will be delivered to honor a contract that comes from 2015, and was made by the previous government," Borrell told Onda Cero radio. Several government ministries had worked on the issue for a week and the contract was reviewed three times by a commission that authorizes arms sales, Borrell said, adding, "We found no reason not to carry it out." Borrell said the laser-guided bombs hit their targets with "extraordinary precision" of within one meter. "This kind of weapon does not produce the same sort of bombing as less sophisticated weapons, launched a bit randomly." The defense ministry said last month that the current Socialist government, which took power in June, had never sold arms that could be used against a civilian population and would review the criteria used to authorize arms sales. Another report from Islamabad adds: Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, the president of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, has congratulated King Salman for the excellent services provided to pilgrims every year, which allow them to perform Hajj rituals with as much ease and comfort as possible. His comments came during a meeting with Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki at the Kingdom's embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday. After performing holy pilgrimage in the Kingdom recently as part of King Salman's Hajj and Umrah Program, Ashrafi told Arab News that on behalf of the PUC he expressed solidarity with the Kingdom in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm. The Ulema also issued a fatwa against the Houthi militia and Daesh terrorists in the region. "The Saudi leadership and its security institutions are a source of pride for us, as they are protecting this holy land," he said. Ashrafi studied at Lahore's Jamia Qasmia and Jamia Zia Ul Uloom, before completing the Dars-e-Nizami at Jamia Ashrafia. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Punjab University, and went on to earn a master's degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from the same institution.

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