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3 senators to oppose sale of F-35 jets to UAE

3 senators to oppose sale of F-35 jets to UAE

Web Desk -- Voicing their concerns over the deal, three US senators have moved to block the sale of top-of-the-line F-35 jets to United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal is commonly seen as a reward for the nation’s recognition of Israel.

For the lawmakers, even if they persuade majority in Congress to oppose the $23 billion package, it would an uphill task to override a veto by outgoing President Donald Trump.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat close to President-elect Joe Biden, said that the UAE violated terms of previous sales, pointing to reports that weapons sent to the US ally have been discovered in war-ravaged Libya and Yemen.

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“I support the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but nothing in that agreement requires us to flood the region with more weapons and facilitate a dangerous arms race,” Murphy said in a statement.

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He sponsored the resolution with Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rand Paul, a Republican who is generally supportive of Trump but is critical of US military interventions.

Congress last year tried to block a major arms package for Saudi Arabia and the UAE but failed to muster the two-thirds majority to override Trump’s vetoes.

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