Biden Freezes UAE, Saudi Arms Sales for Review

President-elect Joe Biden speaks to members of the media before boarding a plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Biden is en route to Atlanta to campaign for Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has temporarily frozen a massive package of F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates and arms to Saudi Arabia for further review, officials said Wednesday.

A State Department spokesperson said the freeze is meant to ensure that “U.S. arms sales meet our strategic objectives of building stronger, interoperable and more capable security partners.”


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