Sales of F-35s, drones and other advanced equipment powered by predecessor Donald Trump are being reviewed.
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has told Congress it is working to sell nearly 23 23 billion worth of weapons to the UAE, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment, congressional aides said Tuesday.
A Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement that “the administration will continue with the proposed sale to the UAE, even after we have received detailed reviews and consultations with Emirati officials.”
The Democratic presidential administration agreed to a deal to review former Republican President Donald Trump. The sale in the Gulf region was finalized just before Trump left office.
The Trump administration told Congress in November that it had approved the sale of the UAE as a personal deal. Abraham Cords, An agreement reached by the United States in September in which the UAE agreed to normalize relations with Israel.
In the last months of the Trump administration, Israel has signed agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco as part of its agreements.
The. 23.37 billion package includes products from General Atmix, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies, including 50 F-35 Lighting II aircraft, 18 MH-9B unmanned aerial vehicles and air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions. Including a package.
The conflict in Yemen
Some U.S. lawmakers have criticized the UAE for its involvement in the war, a conflict that has fueled the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe and fears that arms transfers could violate U.S. guarantees to maintain Israel’s military advantage in the region.
Israel said it had no objections to the sale.
A legal attempt to stop the sale in December failed as Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress Support his plan.
The Trump administration then Lots of sales are final Biden is in the United Arab Emirates on January 20, about an hour before being sworn in as president.
The The Biden administration announced the review in late January And the UAE then said it expected the review and welcomed the joint effort to defuse tensions and renew regional dialogue.
A State Department spokesman said on Tuesday that the estimated delivery dates for the UAE sale would be 2025 or later if implemented.
The government expects a strong and sustainable dialogue with the UAE to ensure a stronger and stronger partnership, the spokesman said in an emailed statement.
“We will further strengthen with the UAE and all recipients of U.S. defense articles and services that U.S.-origin defense equipment must be used in a manner that respects human rights and fully complies with the laws of armed conflict,” the statement said.
In light of Saudi involvement in Yemen and other human rights concerns, the Biden administration is reviewing its policy on military sales to Saudi Arabia, including several Trump-era arms deals.
It did not disclose the results of that review. In February, U.S. officials told the Reuters news agency that the administration was considering canceling past agreements that raised human rights concerns and would limit future sales to “defensive” weapons.