U.S. President Joe Biden informed Congress that he had decided to continue the process of selling the last of US weapons to the UAE, including fifth-generation F-35 aircraft.
Recall that in January it was reported that the Biden administration suspended the implementation of this agreement, concluded by the Donald Trump administration on the eve of the inauguration of the new president.
The U.S. intends to sell 50 F-35 Lightning II fighters worth $10.4 billion, 18 MQ-9B medium-altitude drones worth $2.97 billion, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles worth $10 billion to the UAE.
Some South American lawmakers have criticized the UAE for its role in the war in Yemen, an incident that led to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world, and are worried that the provision of weapons may not honor USA assurances that Israel will maintain military superiority in the area.
Israel has said it has no objection to the implementation
A legislative attempt to suspend the implementations failed in December when Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress supported his intentions.
Following that, Trump’s power ended a giant resale of the UAE on Jan. 20, about an hour before Biden was sworn in as president.
Biden’s authority announced the review in late January, and the UAE said at that time that it had anticipated the review and welcomed the overall effort to de-escalate tensions and resume regional dialogue.
A State Department spokesman said Tuesday that the anticipated timeline for deliveries to the UAE if sold, would be after 2025 or later.
“We will continue to reaffirm with the UAE and all recipients of U.S. defense products and offerings that South American-origin defense equipment must be next secured and applied in a manner that respects human rights and fully complies with the law of armed conflict,” the statement said.
Biden’s authority is still reviewing his policy on Saudi combat sales, covering some of the Trump years’ gun deals, in light of Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen and other problems with human driving licenses.