November 19, 2020 | Rep. Omar Introduces Resolutions Banning Trump’s Arms Sales to UAE
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) today introduced a package of resolutions to ban the Trump Administration’s proposed sale of weapons to the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced a $23 billion package of weapons sales to the UAE, despite consistent human rights violations by the regime.
“Since he took office, Donald Trump has empowered some of the worst human rights abusers in the world—and the UAE is no exception,” Rep. Omar said. “Besides their very well-documented war crimes in Yemen, the UAE has also been credibly accused of committing war crimes in Libya. They’re also reportedly paying for child soldiers from the same militia that committed the Darfur genocide, badly undercutting the transition to democracy in Sudan. Amidst a deadly pandemic, we should be investing in our own communities here at home, not selling weapons to help dictators commit human rights abuses.”
The four resolutions target each component of the Trump Administration’s proposal, including F-35 fighter jets and armed drones ― major advanced systems that the U.A.E. does not presently have. The transfer would be the first time the United States has ever sold combat drones to any Arab nation, and the UAE would become the first Gulf country to get F-35 stealth jets, the most advanced fighter aircraft on the market.
The UAE is implicated in war crimes in Yemen, fomenting chaos and civil war in Libya, and an atrocious domestic human rights record. They are also close partners with Russia and China, and have been credibly accused of transferring weapons to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Any transfers of arms to the UAE puts our interests and values at enormous risk.
You can read the full resolutions here.