In Rare Rebuke To Trump, Senate Votes To Block Saudi Arms Sales
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 23, 2019,
Jun 23, 2019, 0:15
The decision in London follows a challenge by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) that accused the United Kingdom government of licensing arms sales despite a clear risk their use could breach worldwide humanitarian law.
The emergency allows the Trump government to bypass congressional review to complete the Dollars 8.1 billion arms sale.
Campaigners have won a legal challenge over the United Kingdom government's decision to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is engaged in the war in Yemen.
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook met Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman in Riyadh on Friday, the minister tweeted.
"While we do this, we will not grant any new licenses to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners which might be used in the conflict in Yemen".
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"In general, unconditional and indefinite USA support has contributed to fuelling the conflict and extending the world's largest human crisis", Scott Paul, a senior humanitarian policy advisor at Oxfam America, told MEE on Thursday.
Though the war in Yemen had continued for years, the debate of Saudi Arabia being a rogue state who deems no significance to global laws and human rights surfaced mainstream media around the world following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi-led coalition has committed horrific human rights violations in Yemen, some of which amount to war crimes.
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When it comes to the Saudi-led war in Yemen, "it is our bombs that are dropping on those civilians".
CAAT argued that export licences should not have been granted as there was a clear risk that the arms might be used in a serious violation of worldwide humanitarian law.
The Trump administration argues that Saudi Arabia needs additional support to counter Iran's influence in the region.
Addressing a press conference later, Mr Hook said Iran should respond to United States diplomacy with diplomacy, not military force.
However, public disquiet has grown about Britain's role with a poll commissioned by CAAT indicating only six percent of people in the country support arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Over the past four years The Ferret has reported extensively about civilian deaths and links to smart bombs made in Scotland by U.S. arms firm, Raytheon. But the agreement reached this week with Menendez would involve the ranking member offering his own bipartisan Saudi Arabia accountability bill (S 398) as an amendment to the underlying bill.
"We don't sell weapons to Russian Federation".
Iran would be the only beneficiary of any end to arms exports from Britain to Saudi Arabia, al-Jubeir said on Thursday, adding that the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.