The administration of US President Joe Biden introduces a temporary ban on the sale of weapons and equipment to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing American officials.
According to officials, the Biden administration has decided to revise the arms sales approved under former President Donald Trump, specifically the sale of precision weapons to Riyadh and F-35 fighters to the UAE.
“The State Department is temporarily suspending some unfinished military supplies and sales in the framework of military sales abroad and direct commercial sales in order to give the new leadership an opportunity to consider (sales – ed.)”, – said in a statement of the State Department spokesman at the disposal of RIA Novosti.
A spokesman for the State Department did not specify which specific agreements were suspended.
Earlier, Reuters reported, citing sources, that the UAE had signed an agreement with the United States to acquire 50 F-35 fighters and 18 combat drones. According to sources, the agreement was signed on January 20, about an hour before Joe Biden took office as President of the United States.