Biden administration halts weapons sale to UAE, Saudi Arabia

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Washington (Web Desk): The administration of President Joe Biden has temporarily suspended some of weapons deal to the UAE and Saudi Arabia for a review.

A State Department spokesperson said on Wednesday, the administration is “temporarily pausing the implementation” of a number of defense sales “to allow incoming leadership an opportunity to review.”

“This is a routine administrative action typical to most any transition, and demonstrates the administration’s commitment to transparency and good governance,” the spokesperson said.

The move is also aimed at “ensuring US arms sales meet our strategic objectives of building stronger, interoperable and more capable security partners.”

The administration had already signalled it plans to end support for the Saudi-led, UAE-backed offensive in Yemen, which is facing a humanitarian catastrophe.