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UK to suspend weapons exports licenses to Turkey

The U.K. will suspend new weapons export licenses to Turkey amid the latter country's ongoing military incursion in northern Syria, according to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Raab told the U.K. Parliament on Oct. 15 that the government would keep its defense exports to Turkey under "careful and continual review."

"I can tell the House that no further export licenses to Turkey for items which might be used in military operations in Syria will be granted while we conduct that review," Raab said.

Several member states of the European Union had agreed to suspend sales of weapons to Turkey, while the U.S. announced Oct. 14 that tariffs on Turkish steel would be raised back to 50% from 25%, and negotiations for a trade deal would be "immediately" stopped.