Biden Administration Pauses Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia, UAE

While talking to the news reporters, Blinken said that the review aims to make sure that these deals advance out foreign policy and strategic goals.

Biden Administration Pauses Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia, UAE
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Biden administration has maintained that the US is reviewing its arms sales to the UAE and Saudi Arabia authorized by the previous administration. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called this a “typical” move by the new administration in the White House.

While talking to the news reporters, Blinken said that the review aims to make sure that these deals advance out foreign policy and strategic goals. It comes days after the Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Biden administration has put a temporary ban on billions of dollars’ worth of arms sale to the two nations, including f-35 fighter jets to UAE and the precision-guided missiles to Riyadh.

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Since President Biden assumed the presidential office, he had vowed to reexamine Washington’s relations with Riyadh and issued a flurry of executive orders on his first day to reverse the previous president’s policies. During his four years in office, Trump maintained a close relation Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in line with his staunch support for the Netanyahu government in Israel and maximum pressure campaign against Tehran.

Two years ago, Trump imposed a national emergency over escalating tension with the Iranian regime to sidestep congressional objections on an $8 billion arms deal with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Last year, in December, the previous administration also authorized a $290 million munition sales to Riyadh. Additionally, in November last year, the Trump administration notified the US Congress that it had approved a $23 billion sale of weapon systems, including drones and F-35 jets, to the United Arab Emirates.

The announcement came days after the UAE agreed to normalize relations with the state of Israel, allowing direct flights to and from Israel. However, the international rights groups criticized the move saying that the arms deal could trigger a regional crisis, especially in Yemen and Libya. The Democratic and Republican lawmakers denounced the arms sale, saying that it could prompt a dangerous arms race in the Middle East.

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