On Wednesday, the administration of President Joe Biden temporarily froze arms sales to Saudia Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to review the deal, an official said.
Biden’s administration has already cued its intention to put an end to the support to KSA and UAE on offenses being carried out in Yemen owing to the humanitarian catastrophe.
However, State Department spokesperson stated the administration is “temporarily pausing the implementation” of a number of defense sales “to allow incoming leadership an opportunity to review.”
According to spokesperson,
“This is a routine administrative action typical to most any transition, and demonstrates the administration’s commitment to transparency and good governance.”
The spokesperson added that the measure is also an effort to analyze if the sales are in line with the strategic goals saying we’re “ensuring US arms sales meet our strategic objectives of building stronger, interoperable and more capable security partners.”
The most preeminent of all sales is $23 billion package of top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the UAE.
Former president Donald Trump’s administration agreed to the sale after UAE agreed to recognize Israel. Trump saw it as a foreign policy achievement.
Now the sales have been halted, it may lead UAE to revisit the decision of normalization of ties with Israel.
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