Senate passes resolutions blocking Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia, others

Andrew Smith spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice after they won a landmark legal challenge at the Court of Appeal over the government's decision to continue to allow arms sales to Sa

With 53 against 45 votes from the Republican party of President Donald Trump dominated Congress chamber of representatives adopted on Thursday two resolutions, through which a part of the planned arms deals was rejected.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the government would suspend new sales while it looks into the implication of the ruling.

Last month Trump had bypassed Congress in an attempt to speed up the finalization of the billion dollar contract.

In Washington, the Senate voted to prevent $12 billion in USA arms in a symbolic bipartisan rebuke to the president and his close ties with the kingdom.

On Wednesday, the United Nations said there changed into credible proof that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and comparatively about a high-stage officials were accountable for the killing of Mr Khashoggi.

A United Kingdom court has asked the government to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia as they are being used in violation of worldwide laws regarding their intended targets.

On a judgment issued by the UK Supreme Court to review the licenses to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, Al-Jubeir explained that the British ruling on arms sales is procedural and an internal matter.

Participants of Congress private moreover closely criticised Saudi Arabia's human rights file over its feature within the Yemen battle and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul closing October.

The UK has licensed over £4.7 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began in March 2015 but ministers will now have to reconsider export licences.

During the Yemen conflict, which has already resultedin estimates of nearly 100,000 deaths, the Saudi-led coalition has been accused of several violations of global humanitarian law bythe United Nationsand some major non-governmental organisations, includingAmnesty InternationalandHuman Rights Watch.

When it comes to the Saudi-led war in Yemen, "it is our bombs that are dropping on those civilians".

The arms sales, worth an estimated eight billion USA dollars, included precision-guided munitions, other bombs and ammunition and aircraft maintenance support.

"My relationship with Saudi Arabia is forever changed, ' he said, accusing the Kingdom of taking their relationship with the United States 'for granted" and caring more about 'maintaining power at all costs, ' than their alliance.

During a congressional hearing on June 12, David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, called the emergency declaration an "egregious and legally questionable" transfer of weapons.

The High Court had found in July 2017 that the British arms exports were "lawful".

The Yemeni rebels have stepped up drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, damaging oil infrastructure and injuring dozens of people at the civilian airport in the popular mountain resort of Abha.

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