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German taxes spent on training Saudi guards

Published: 23 Jul 2012 09:04 GMT+02:00

The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported on Monday that the German police had been involved in a long-term operation sending officers to Saudi Arabia to train border guards since 2008.

"Since the beginning of the operation, the federal police has incurred costs of up to €996,790.52," said a written response to a Left party's parliamentary request for information.

The police is also planning to extend the training programme for another five years.

Left party domestic policy spokesman Ulla Jelpke told the paper, "I can't see why the German taxpayer has to spend money so that federal police officers can train Saudi Arabian security forces."

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Your comments about this article

09:25 July 23, 2012 by raj_072
this is the cost of sustaining relations (economic) with Saudis. aren't we benefited with lucrative defense contracts to supply tanks?
11:05 July 23, 2012 by DoubleDTown
what did they spend the million dollars on? If it was on Federal Police salaries, equipment, and Lufthansa tickets then it's no big deal. It would only be newsworthy if a significant portion of the money was spent in Saudi Arabia, e.g. rental apartments for German staff, etc.
12:21 July 23, 2012 by William Thirteen
hehe, suckers.
14:50 July 23, 2012 by twisted
With all of the petro-dollars that Saudi Arabia earns every single day, why in the hell is Germany paying for anything that benefits the Saudis? As Mr. W. 13 above says, suckers, and big time.
21:15 July 23, 2012 by cheeba
Why is this a story? Germany is putting itself on the hook for tens of billions of taxpayer money to the PIIGS every year these days.

To invest one million euros over 5 years to cultivate the richest country in the world is extravagant?

The Saudi ambassador to Germany must spend far more than that on entertainment in Berlin every year !
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