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Trump dodges Congress in arms sale to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan

IANS  |  Washington 

US bypassed to approve the sale of $8.1 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and

The deal would "deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity" of US allies, said in a statement on Friday, reported news.

"These sales will support our allies, enhance stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran," he added, referring to heightened tensions with

The notified of his decision to use an emergency loophole in the law regulating the export of arms to sell surveillance equipment, precision munitions and other supplies to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and

"Delaying this shipment could cause degraded systems and a lack of necessary parts and maintenance that could create severe airworthiness and interoperability concerns for our key partners, during a time of increasing regional volatility," Pompeo said.

The instance is to be a "one-time event," he said.

Congressional opposition to the US' military support to has been on the rise in recent months and lawmakers have managed to block arms sales for more than a year and a half.

Legislators are concerned about civilian casualties in the military operation led by in and outrage over the assassination of US resident and at the last October by suspected Saudi agents.

It also comes as the US is to send 1,500 troops as well as weaponry to the to counter an unclarified threat posed by

In April, Trump vetoed a resolution passed by to end US military support to the Saudi-led war in

The measure won the support of most legislators following Khashoggi's assassination on October 2, 2018. Trump, however, has defended US ties with the kingdom despite the murder.



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First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 10:14 IST