Massive Arms Deal: US Approves $23bn sale to UAE

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

11th Nov, 2020. 09:23 am
Arms Deal

The United States of America US in a major move on the sale of defense equipment notified Congress of proposed UAE Arms purchases of F-35 fighter aircraft, MQ-9B UAS, and munitions worth $23.37 billion to deter and defend against increased threats.

According to the details, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Tuesday that the US planned to sell top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to the UAE as part of a $23.37 billion package.

Pompeo said in a statement that “The UAE’s historic agreement to normalize relations with Israel under the Abraham Accords offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to positively transform the region’s strategic landscape.”

Whereas this deal was strictly criticized by the Democrats. Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, criticized the deal with the UAE, saying it would constrain the options of President-elect Joe Biden who has signaled he will return the US to the Iran nuclear agreement.

Let it be known that the arms deal announcement came just days after Biden won enough states needed to take the presidency from Trump, who made pro-Israel policies part of his re-election campaign.

It is pertinent to mention here that the UAE, which is one of Washington’s closest Middle East allies, has long wanted the stealthy jets and was promised a chance to buy them in a side deal when it agreed to normalize relations with Israel.

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