US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he agrees to arms deals with the Arab countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt.
The U.S. news website ‘The Hill’ wrote early Wednesday morning that the U.S. State Department has agreed that the U.S. can sell an additional $290 million worth of guided bombs to Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, the Trump administration had already approved the sale of 7500 “Pathway IV” precision-guided bombs worth $478 million to Saudi Arabia….
The arms deals come about while their rejection by Republican and Democratic congressmen, in light of the continued killing of Yemeni citizens, is growing.
The Trump administration also agreed to sell arms to Kuwait and Egypt. The United States plans to sell 8 Apache helicopters worth $4 billion and spare parts for Patriot missile defense systems to Kuwait for $200 million.
In addition, the U.S. has agreed to sell about $170 million worth of weapons to Egypt.
The U.S. Congress has 30 days to announce its approval or disapproval for the contracts. The end of the 30-day period coincides with Joe Biden’s early days in office. Biden had promised during the election campaign to review U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia.
On the other hand, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a legal conflict due to the rush to sell arms to the United Arab Emirates, UAE. The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations / Council for Foreign Relations, a private U.S. think tank, has decided to sue the U.S. State Department and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Independent reported Tuesday evening.
The council wrote in an indictment filed in the District Court of the District of Columbia that the arms sale to the UAE did not meet “the most basic legal requirements” and should be declared “invalid.”
The Trump administration announced to the U.S. Congress on Nov. 10, 2020, that it had agreed to sell arms to the UAE. The deal includes the sale of 50 F-35 fighter jets and more than 14 additional bombs and munitions worth $23 billion.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates continue to kill the defenseless and innocent people of Yemen by buying American and other Western weapons in large quantities.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – TN