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Trump to clear arms deals benefiting Saudi Arabia, UAE

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The on Friday confirmed approval of USD8.1 billion in arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, and the amid hostilities with

The equipment includes aircraft support maintenance; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; munitions; and other supplies, reported

"Today, acting in accordance with the authority granted to us by Congress, I made a determination under the Arms Export Control Act to formally notify of 22 arms sales to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. These directly protect U.S. citizens and our partners," tweeted US

"We presented some of these sales almost 18 months ago to Congress, but it has failed to act. The U.S. is and must remain, a reliable security partner in the Gulf and to our allies around the It's fundamental to our national security," he added.

This comes hours after a US Senator said that administration has invoked a provision in US Sales arms legislation that would allow the to sell arms to Suadi Arabia by bypassing

Defying the demand, Trump had publicly stated that he would not end support for the Saudi-led war in

US last month vetoed Congress resolution to end US involvement in the War.

This development holds significance as is involved in the dangerous standoff. Its need to have strong regional allies in the region to deter Iranian "threat".

is increasing its presence in the The US has ordered and bombers off the coast of Fujairah in the UAE to counter an alleged and unexplained threat from

More troops have also been deployed in the Persian Gulf, one of the world's most strategic waterways, in what the US officials claimed was a reaction to photographs showing loading missiles onto small traditional boats, of reported.

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First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 05:46 IST