Donald Trump’s administration plans to sell about $500 million in guns to Saudi Arabia before the President of the United States exits the White House, US media outlets reported, a bid that one analyst called “moral outrage.”
Citing two unidentified sources familiar with the issue, Bloomberg announced that the State Department had told Congress on Tuesday that it was moved forward to issue a license for the selling of precision-guided, air-to-ground ammunition to Riyadh, estimated to be worth $478 million.
U.S. military maker Raytheon Technology Corp will be able to market the weapons directly to the Saudis until it gets a license, Bloomberg said.
The Washington Post has announced that the weapons will be manufactured in the Gulf Kingdom in compliance with the terms of the agreement that has been in effect since the beginning of 2019. The deal also involves a $97 million internal security communications scheme, the newspaper reported.
Reports of the planned sale, which Al Jazeera was unable to validate independently, came as Trump began the final weeks of his presidency.
Trump has directly protected Crown Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, from criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the conflict in Yemen, among other controversial topics.
The war in Yemen started in 2014 when the Houthi rebels took control of major parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.
US lawmakers have denounced Trump’s unwavering support for Riyadh and, in particular, his continuing assistance to Saudi-led forces in a war-torn world facing a dire humanitarian disaster.
Trump vetoed a bill in Congress last year to end US funding for the Saudi-led war effort.
Last month, the United Nations warned that Yemen might see the worst famine in decades.
Nader Hashemi, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, said that the proposed US weapons sale to Saudi Arabia is “a moral outrage.”
The Washington Post also confirmed this week that the US is reviewing an appeal to give MBS immunity from US federal litigation in a case involving suspected attacks against a retired senior Saudi intelligence officer.
Hartung said in an email that the sale to Riyadh, like the recent US$23 billion arms deal with the UAE, could lead to violations of international humanitarian law.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on January 20, has vowed to “reassess” the partnership between the U.S. and the Saudis when he assumes office.
Four years in the administration of the United States (US) Donald Trump has had some important political consequences.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nations, both positive and negative.
The relationship between the White House and Riyadh was possibly closer to Saudi Arabia than to any other region.
Administration. This allowed Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to take part in his claim as the future ruler of the Crown.
The world’s biggest oil exporter, with impunity for controversial domestic and foreign actions, like
The extra-judicial executions and fighting in Yemen.
Israel’s long-standing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has won more accolade from the US presidency than anyone.
Other previous prime ministers of Israel since its creation. This requires the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Golan.
Heights as Israeli territory, the Palestinian Peace Agreement, which approves the incorporation of up to 30% of the Palestinian territory.
Agreements between the West Bank Territories and Abraham that normalize relations between the Arab countries and Tel Aviv.
However, the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran under former President Barak Obama –
Identified as the JCPOA – one of the Obama administration’s most important foreign policy accomplishments. The White One
House has imposed a ‘High-Pressure Program’ of sanctions, which has had the opposite impact of its aim.
Trump’s four years; Iran’s nuclear forces have grown and more and more troops and proxies have proliferated, not fewer.
The whole country.
In Iraq, the Trump administration claims the defeat of the terror group Islamic State (IS). However, policy choices have also
eroded Iraq’s sovereignty further to reduce the country to a ‘theatre of aggression’ in which the animosity between the
Trump administration and Iraq’s neighbors in Iran have played out, while a year of anti-government protests have
largely been overlooked.
This AKE Special Report reflects on how and why the new US administration under Joe Biden is going to change that.
The strategy of these four nations. It even touched on the meaning of the US realignment with the United Nations (UN)
Allowing the US to reconcile with its allies and facilitating a more peaceful and united approach to some of the big foreign issues
Geo-strategic issues in the Middle East, including Turkey.