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Biden administration freezes weapons sale to UAE, Saudi Arabia for review

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WASHINGTON: The administration of President Joe Biden has temporarily frozen some of arms deal to the UAE and Saudi Arabia for a review, officials said on Wednesday.

The nearly week-old administration has already signalled it plans to end support for the Saudi-led, UAE-backed offensive in Yemen, which is facing a humanitarian catastrophe.

A State Department spokesperson said the administration is “temporarily pausing the implementation” of a number of defense sales “to allow incoming leadership an opportunity to review.”

“This is a routine administrative action typical to most any transition, and demonstrates the administration’s commitment to transparency and good governance,” the spokesperson said.

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