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Trump’s administration reportedly preparing to approve major arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
18:45, 8 February 2017
Trump’s administration reportedly preparing to approve major arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Deals were earlier blocked by former President Barack Obama

18:45, 8 February 2017

Associated Press

The administration of US President Donald Trump is allegedly preparing to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which were earlier blocked by Obama during the final months of his administration over human rights concerns. This was reported by the Washington Times, referring to the U.S. officials and congressional sources.

A $300m package for precision-guided weapons technology for Riyadh and a $3 billion deal for F-16 fighter jets for Bahrain are ready for clearance, according to the US official directly involved in the transfer.

If the weapons packages are approved, this would send a significant signal about the priorities of the new administration regarding security issues and basis of foreign policy.

“These are significant sales for key allies in the Gulf who are facing the threat from Iran and who can contribute to the fight against the Islamic State,” the official anonymously informed the newspaper.

“Whereas the Obama administration held back on these, they’re now in the new administration’s court for a decision — and I would anticipate the decision will be to move forward.”

There was no official comment from the Pentagon as of yet.

It is noteworthy that Barack Obama’s administration approved $1.15 billion deal for the sale of tanks and armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia last year, but decided to halt latter deal during final months in office.

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