U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would be willing to sell other countries in the Middle East the same weapons systems sold to Israel. The statement was made during his interview ahead of the signing ceremony at the White House for agreements normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain.
“They’re very wealthy countries for the most part,” – Trump noted in an interview with Fox News.
According to U.S. President, such deals will be beneficial for the United States as well as for the other sides.
Trump also mentioned the UAE’s desire to acquire American F-35S, adding: “Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Some of them do, they say… maybe they’re going to war.”
Apparently, the sale of the F-35 to the UAE is part of the deal of the signing of a normalization agreement with Israel. Despite the fact that the aircraft themselves were not mentioned in the contract, the sale negotiations clearly had a special impact on the deal conditions.
The US remains an important arms supplier to the Gulf States. Except the UAE, Qatar is among them. Saudi Arabia remains the main buyer of American weapons, having multi billion-dollar contracts signed with the U.S.
The U.S. Congress tried to ban arms sales to the Kingdom, but President Trump vetoed the efforts to stop such sales. Since then, the US has been actively supporting the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia with military supplies. This leads to an endless war in Yemen, where not only soldiers, but also civilians are regularly killed. U.S. officials at the Department of State seem to be concerned of being arrested abroad for war crimes, as they are actively supporting the bloodshed in Yemen.
Also today, the transfer of US military aircraft to the Afghan Air Force was announced, while intra-Afghan peace talks are taking place in Doha.
President Trump’s statement confirms the United States status of the main beneficiary of military conflicts in various parts of the world.
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