Sunday 22 September 2019, 11:26 AM
Trump dodges Congress in arms sale to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 5/25/2019 12:01:26 PM
Trump dodges Congress in arms sale to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan

Washington: US President Donald Trump bypassed Congress to approve the sale of $8.1 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan.The deal would "deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defence capacity" of US allies, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday, reported Efe news.

"These sales will support our allies, enhance Middle East stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran," he added, referring to heightened tensions with Tehran.The Secretary of state notified Congress of his decision to use an emergency loophole in the law regulating the export of arms to sell surveillance equipment, precision munitions and other supplies to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. 

"Delaying this shipment could cause degraded systems and a lack of necessary parts and maintenance that could create severe airworthiness and interoperability concerns for our key partners, during a time of increasing regional volatility," Pompeo said.The instance is to be a "one-time event," he said. 

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