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U.S. approves $1 billion in Saudi defence contracts

U.S. approves $1 billion in Saudi defence contracts

Prior to the meeting, the former said that Saudi Arabia was a "part of the solution" in Yemen, in the midst of a civil war in the country, which, according to experts, has killed thousands of civilians in airstrikes, initiated by Riyadh.

"This potential sale is consistent with USA initiatives to provide key partners in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with US forces and increase stability".

There is "extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows" to the Saudi-led coalition has not deterred arms exporters from selling military weapons to the coalition, she added.

The White House told Congress Thursday that it plans to approve a $1 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a package that includes about 6,700 US -built anti-tank missiles.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump hosted bin Salman at the White House, and expressed hope the Gulf kingdom will share some of its wealth with the US "hopefully in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world".

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The UK-based rights group said the arms sales have been an "enormous harm to Yemeni civilians" over the course of the war.

On Thursday, the Trump administration signed off on selling more than $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia as Crown Prince and de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman visits the US.

"As well as devastating civilian lives, this makes a mockery of the global Arms Trade Treaty".

The "pocket" comment was reported on Thursday by The Intercept, which claimed that in an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia in October, Kushner disclosed the names of Saudi royal family members believed to be disloyal to Mohammed. They have stood by the United Nations recognized government. The measure, which called for the end of the US role in the war, was co-sponsored by three members representing the full ideological spectrum of the Senate - Sens. "And we are going to end it on positive terms for the people of Yemen but also security for the nations in the peninsula". And we are going to end this war.

Saudi Arabia bought the nearly 7,000 TOW missiles - plus an additional 96 for training purposes - for a total of US$670 million, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. That is the bottom line. The Senate voted to block the resolution by a vote of 55-44.


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