US senators call for congressional control over arms exports to be upheld

12 June 2019

Two United States senators have introduced a 'privileged resolution' calling on the government to assess its approach to the provision of arms exports and security assistance to Saudi Arabia.

Todd Young and Chris Murphy, both members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have issued the resolution that will begin the process of forcing a vote on the country's provision of arms to Saudi, which comes in light of an authorisation in May by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to sell systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without congressional approval.

Using a perceived threat from Iran to invoke a provision that allows him to bypass this approval process, Pompeo fast tracked USD8.1 billion of military deals to the Middle Eastern countries, which the two senators object to.

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