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US sells missiles to Saudi Arabia despite human rights abuses

For the first time under President Joe Biden, the US State Department has approved the sale of large arms to Saudi Arabia.The Pentagon said Thursday (November 4th) that ৮ 850 million worth of 280 surface-to-air missiles would be sold to the Gulf nation.

The United States’ closest ally in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia. U.S. lawmakers condemn Saudi airstrikes in Yemen Saudi Arabia’s continued airstrikes and clashes have caused extreme humanitarian catastrophe in the neighboring country. Millions of people are at risk of starvation.

The British news agency Reuters reported that. Members of the US Congress have rejected a decision to sell military weapons to Riyadh without assurances that US weapons would not be used to kill civilians.The Pentagon has informed Congress of its decision to sell the weapons. If approved by lawmakers, it would be the first time an arms deal had been struck with Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. However, Joe Biden has adopted a policy of selling only defensive weapons to Gulf allies.

On October 26, the US State Department approved the sale of these weapons. A spokesman said the decision to sell surface-to-air missiles was taken in the wake of an increase in cross-border attacks in Saudi Arabia last year.Raytheon Technologies is the manufacturer of these missiles. A State Department spokesman said in a statement that the arms deal was “relevant” to Yemen’s pledge to move forward diplomatically to end the war.

He said air-to-air missiles would play a role in Saudi defense against Iran-backed Houthi attacks.
had friendly relations with Riyadh during the administration of former US President Donald Trump. But the Biden administration has had to re-evaluate the Saudis.The US administration is concerned about widespread human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia. They also have to think about Iran’s threat to the US ally.

Among the new weapons packages to be sold in Saudi Arabia are 260 AIM-120C-Seven / C-6 state-of-the-art medium-range surface-to-air missiles (AMRAAM), 596 LAU-127 missile rail launchers (MRL). There are also various equipments related to this.

Three influential US senators have spoken out against US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes have caused a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden is set to sell large arms to allies in the Middle East.

Republican Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Democrat Barney Sanders have made a joint proposal to stop arms sales to Riyadh. Many US lawmakers consider Saudi Arabia an important ally of the United States in the Middle East.

According to the Reuters news agency, 260 air-to-air missiles worth ৬ 850 million will be sold to the Gulf country.

Among the new weapons packages to be sold in Saudi Arabia are 260 AIM-120C-Seven / C-6 state-of-the-art medium-range surface-to-air missiles (AMRAAM), 596 LAU-127 missile rail launchers (MRL). There are also various equipments related to this.

Criticism in the United States of Saudi Arabia’s role in the war in Yemen is not small. U.S. lawmakers oppose the sale of military weapons to Saudi Arabia unless it is assured that weapons will not be used to kill civilians.

Critics say the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and Saudi Arabia are taking high-level action against the extension of a deadline for UN investigators investigating possible war crimes by Houthi rebels.
In a statement, Rand Paul said the sale of new US weapons to Saudi Arabia would push the Middle East into conflict. It could also put US military technology at risk. In Yemen, Saudi Arabia continues its devastating war. Saudi nationals are also being persecuted. So there is no point in rewarding them with more weapons.

But the Biden administration says it is only selling defensive weapons to Gulf allies. A State Department spokesman said the arms sales were in line with the Biden administration’s commitment to ending the conflict in Yemen and advancing democracy. Saudi Arabia is being given air-to-air missiles to defend itself against attacks by Yemen’s pro-Iranian Houthi rebels.

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