With U.S. Arms Sales in Question, Saudi Arabia and the UAE May Weigh Alternatives

MIN READFeb 11, 2021 | 17:46 GMT

An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft taxis during a training mission on Nov. 17, 2015, in Indian Springs, Nevada.

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will likely seek alternative arms suppliers if the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden follows through on canceling arms shipments to the Arab Gulf countries. In Biden’s first major foreign policy speech on Feb. 4, he announced the end of American military support for Saudi and Emirati intervention in Yemen, while saying that Washington would terminate offensive arms sales that could be used to conduct their operations in Yemen. He did not, however, specify which systems would be blocked. Biden also announced the appointment of a new envoy for Yemen, veteran diplomat Timothy Lenderking, who will aid the U.N.-led diplomatic process to end the civil war between the Houthi movement and the internationally recognized President Mansoor Hadi. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department signaled that it is beginning the review of the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to designate the Houthis...

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