US President Joe Biden is sending defensive weapons to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi despite earlier a pledge to cut back on arms sales due to the war in Yemen.
US approves huge arms sale to Saudi Arabia and UAE to counter Iran
The Biden administration has approved massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help them defend against Iran.
The more than $5 billion in missile defence and related sales follow President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East last month, during which he met with regional leaders in Saudi Arabia.
Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been hit in recent months with rocket attacks from the Iran-backed Houthi rebel movement in Yemen.
Although Tuesday’s approvals are for defensive weapons, they may be questioned by lawmakers who had supported Biden’s decision last year to cut Saudi Arabia and the UAE off from major purchases of offensive US arms because of their involvement in the war in Yemen.