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Indiana Senator Young wants info on Saudi weapons transfers

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., has joined other Foreign Relations Committee members in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan calling for answers to recent media reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) transferred U.S. origin weapons to dangerous Yemeni militias, including groups aligned with al Qaeda.

“If accurate, Saudi Arabia and the UAE could be in violation of U.S. law and be endangering the lives of American service members,” according to a statement released by Young’s office.

Citing UAE officials’ recent confirmation to Congressional staff that at least some of the reported transfers did in fact occur, the senators in their letter detailed the serious implications of the allegations and expressed their alarm that such actions would be taken by American allies.

“We expect vital security partners like Saudi Arabia and the UAE to show due care with respect to protecting transfers of sensitive U.S. military technology,” the letter stated. “Negligent treatment of sensitive U.S. military technology, including the possible violation of important restrictions on third party use, could further destabilize the region, endanger U.S. personnel and worsen the suffering of ordinary Yemenis by intensifying the fighting and making a peaceful political solution for Yemen more difficult to reach.”



Posted 2/28/2019




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