Three US Senators intent on blocking $650 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia

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Three US Senators intent on blocking $650 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia
Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders announce move to block Biden's first major arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
Dan Verbin, Canada , Nov 19 , 2021

Three U.S. senators announced on Thursday that they intend to block the Biden administration’s first major arms deal with Saudi Arabia over objections to the gulf kingdom’s role in the war in Yemen, Reuters reported. Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee, along with independent Bernie Sanders who caucuses with the Democrats, made the announcement in a joint statement criticizing the State Department’s October 26 approval of the sale to Riyadh of 280 air-to-air missiles valued at up to $650 million.

On November 4, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said that the arms sale comes after "an increase in cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia over the past year." The State Department said that the sale "is fully consistent with the administration's pledge to lead with diplomacy to end the conflict in Yemen.” They added that the air-to-air missiles ensure "Saudi Arabia has the means to defend itself from Iranian-backed Houthi air attacks.”

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