Senate passes resolutions blocking Trump's arms sale to Saudi Arabia, others

UK suspends new Saudi arms licences linked to Yemen

In a bipartisan effort, the Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars worth of arms to Saudi Arabia by a 53-45 margin today.

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 global humanitarian law.

US President's attempt to bypass a Congress to push through the $8bn Saudi arms sale failed, BBC reported.

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.

In March and April, both of which Congress had asked chambers from the President to stop the military side of US Engagement on the side of Saudi Arabia in the Yemen conflict.

Back in 2012, Germany was the major arms supplier to Saudi Arabia however the exports fell almost by half as 2015 approached when the war was launched against the Houthis in Yemen.

The ruling came with worldwide pressure on Riyadh growing over both Yemen and the murder in its Turkish embassy of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.

Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican-led Senate, had agreed to allow votes on the 22 arms sales that critics say will aggravate the devastating war in Yemen.

"We disagree with the judgement and will seek permission to appeal", Fox said in a statement delivered in parliament, adding authorities "will not grant any new licenses to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners which might be used in the conflict in Yemen".

A court docket in London dominated that Britain had acted unlawfully in the vogue it granted export licences for arms exports to the dominion.

'These are bombs that we know have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen, patients in hospitals, children on school buses, ' Mr Menendez said.

Anti-arms sales campaigners have given a damning assessment of the United Kingdom government's arms export licensing failures, claiming "Parliament has been shown to be totally broken", after a landmark ruling was handed down.

Menendez also denounced the United States role in the conflict in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition against the country's Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has said that if Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz there will be a "very, very strong reaction".

This is not the first time that Moran has condemned actions by the Trump administration.

The Yemeni rebels have stepped up drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, damaging oil infrastructure and injuring dozens of people at the civilian airport in the popular mountain resort of Abha. The US, UK and France have provided logistical and intelligence support to the coalition and sold it weapons.



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