The White House mentioned on Tuesday it strongly opposes a Senate decision that might ban the proposed sale of 280 superior medium vary air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia.
“[The Senate resolution] would undermine the president’s commitment to aid in our partner’s defenses at a time of increased missile and drone attacks against civilians in Saudi Arabia,” the White House Office of Management of Budget mentioned in an announcement.
The State Department had permitted in November a $650 million deal to promote 280 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and 596 Missile Rail Launchers to Saudi Arabia.
Since January, Yemen’s Houthis have launched dozens of cross-border aerial assaults on Saudi Arabia. The Iran-backed militia focused civilian areas and vitality services within the Kingdom with explosive-laden drones and ballistic missiles.
President Joe Biden’s administration has repeatedly confused that it’ll assist Saudi Arabia in defending itself in opposition to assaults by Yemen’s Houthis.
Republican Senator Rand Paul, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, and Republican Senator Mike Lee launched a joint decision to dam the US arms sale to Saudi Arabia, accusing the Kingdom of instituting an “air and naval blockade” on Yemen.
“A message needs to be sent to Saudi Arabia that we don’t approve of their war with Yemen. By participating in this sale, we would not only be rewarding reprehensible behavior, but also exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” Paul mentioned.
He added: “I urge Congress and the Biden Administration to consider the possible consequences of this sale that could accelerate an arms race in the Middle East and jeopardize the security of our military technologies.”
The joint decision can be voted on within the Senate on Tuesday.