WORLD US Senate fails to prevent arms sales to Arab partners

WORLD

US Senate fails to prevent arms sales to Arab partners

Xinhua

13:25, July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The US Senate on Monday failed to override President Trump's veto of three resolutions blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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US President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second from right, during a working breakfast on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (File photo: AP)

Senators voted 45-40, 45-39 and 46-41 on the override attempts, falling well short of the two-thirds majority needed.

Citing the humanitarian crisis caused by the Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US Congress had put on hold the pending arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The Trump administration announced in May that it would invoke the "emergency" provision of the Arms Export Control Act to complete the 8.1-billion-US-dollar arms sales to US regional partners in the Middle East to deter Iranian threats.

The move, which intended to bypass the congressional review of the arms deals, provoked US lawmakers from both parties. The Senate and the House voted to block those arms sales in June and July respectively. 

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