Biden re-examines US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Biden re-examines US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The Biden administration has imposed a temporary freeze on US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and is scrutinizing purchases by the United Arab Emirates as it is reviewing billions of dollars in Weapon deals approved By former President Donald Trump, according to US officials.

The officials said the review includes the sale of precision-guided munitions to Riyadh, as well as advanced F-35 fighters to Abu Dhabi, a deal Washington agreed to as part of the. Abraham agreementsWhere the UAE established diplomatic relations with Israel.

US officials said it is not unusual for a new administration to review arms sales approved by a predecessor, and that despite the temporary pause, many deals are likely to eventually go ahead.

But in keeping with President Biden’s campaign pledges, Washington is seeking to ensure that American weapons are not used more The Saudi-led military campaign in YemenWhere its conflict with the Houthis allied with Iran has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians and widespread hunger.

At the confirmation session last week, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Mr. Biden “made it clear that we will end our support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, and I think we will work on that in a very short time.” . Mr Blinken said Washington would continue to help defend the Saudis against Houthi attacks.

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