Trump Administration Authorizes Raytheon for Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

US State Department notified the Congress that it is moving forward with the $478m worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The sale includes 7,500 precision-guided missiles. State Department will issue a licence to Raytheon, which will sell the missiles directly to Saudi Government. The deal is expected to be completed before President Trump leaves office on Jan. 20.

Last year, the US Government approved an $8.1bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, declaring an “emergency” in order to bypass Congress and finalize the deal.

Human rights groups heavily criticised the weapons sale. The groups said the arms were being used by Riyadh in the Yemeni Civil War. UN describes the conflict in Yemen as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

President-elect Joe Biden has previously stated that he would reassess US’s relations with Saudi Arabia. The notification to Congress comes a month before Biden takes office.

The Trump administration also recently approved a weapons sale to the UAE, which included drones, F-35 jets and munitions worth $10 bn.

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