US President Joe Biden has ordered the United Arab Emirates to suspend the sale of F-35 fighter jets and defense weapons to Saudi Arabia.
US President Joe Biden has ordered the suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The agreements were made by former US President Donald Trump.
The US State Department said in a statement that arms deals made by the Trump administration to Saudi Arabia have been suspended. At the same time, the UAE has been barred from implementing the agreement on the latest US warship, the F-35.
According to the US State Department, the agreement on the purchase of US defense equipment and weapons under “Foreign Military Sales and Direct Commercial Sales” has been temporarily suspended so that the new administration can review it.
Foreign Office officials say action to suspend the agreement is part of the routine. The Biden administration wants to see an arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ensure transparency and governance. According to officials, the Biden administration will take its other allies in the region into confidence regarding arms sales. The Biden administration will review the agreement, saying it would not affect US relations with other countries.
Former US President Donald Trump approved an agreement in November to sell F-35s to the United Arab Emirates after the UAE recognized Israel.
On January 19, Anthony Blanken, the US nominee for the agreement and current US Secretary of State, told the Senate that the United States had decided to sell fighter jets under the Abraham agreement, but that the United States should keep a close eye on the future In which more Arab countries have been asked to establish relations with Israel.