USA approves $1 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia
00:29, Mar 25, 2018
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The White House informed lawmakers Thursday they have 30 days to stop the arsenal set aside for Saudi Arabia's military, which includes tanks, helicopters, service, support and 6,600 missiles.
The proposed sale is bound to be questioned by Congress where the Senate this week rejected a bipartisan effort to halt U.S. military support for the bombing campaign in Yemen. Critics have condemned Saudi Arabia for airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen.
"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of TOW 2B (BGM-71F-Series) missiles for an estimated cost of $670 million", the first release said.
Washington-The United States has formally approved weapons sales to Saudi Arabia totaling more than $1 billion, despite growing pressure from rights groups to halt arms deals with Riyadh.
When Kushner, Trump's senior aide, made an unannounced trip to Riyadh past year, the Intercept - citing three sources - reported Wednesday, MBS told confidants after the meeting that Kushner had discussed Saudi leaders who are disloyal to the crown prince.
"This proposed sale will support USA foreign policy and national security objectives by improving the security of a friendly country", the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said. The Senate voted to block the resolution by a vote of 55-44.
The spokesperson also highlighted Iran's constant efforts for peace, security and stability, and its role in the fight against terrorism and violence imposed on the regional countries by the parties enjoying petrodollars and United States support.
The U.S. military drastically stepped up its air campaign in Yemen previous year, conducting more than six times as many airstrikes as in 2016, according to data from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). "They have stood by the United Nations-recognized government, and we are going to end this war".
On March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched what would become an extensive military campaign on Yemen, sending aircraft and troops to back the government in its fight against the Huthis and recently slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. "That is the bottom line", Mattis said.
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