Saudi Arabia faces yet another diplomatic setback

Saudi Arabia faces yet another diplomatic setback

ISLAMABAD - Norway announced on Friday that it was suspending new licenses for arms exports to Saudi Arabia following recent developments in the Persian Gulf kingdom and the situation in Yemen.

'We have decided that in the present situation, we will not give new licenses for the export of defense material or multipurpose goods for military use to Saudi Arabia,' Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement, quoted by Aljazeera news network.

While Khashoggi's murder was not mentioned, the statement said the decision had been taken following 'a broad assessment of recent developments in Saudi Arabia and the unclear situation in Yemen'.

The announcement came a week after Norway's foreign minister summoned the Saudi ambassador to Oslo to protest Khashoggi's assassination.