Cat is out of bag: The reality of US decision to cut arms sale to Saudia



Saudi Arabia and the United States  played down media reports that Washington had decided to limit military support, including planned arms sales to the kingdom, over its war in Yemen.



Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Riyadh had not been officially informed of such decisions, which he described as contradicting the reality, while visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the issue related more to a long procurement process than restrictions on military support.


Yemen’s 20-month-old war has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered humanitarian crises, including chronic food shortages, in the poorest country in the Arabian peninsula.



Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab coalition that has been fighting against Houthis who forced Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from power nearly two years ago. The conflict has displaced some three million people, according to the United Nations.


Saudi Arabia has been subjected to frequent cross-border raids and missile attacks by the Houthi movement.


It seems that US has succumbed to Saudi pressure to curb the arms supply Saudia in wake of war crimes in Yemen. Shafaqna has already published an article regarding US decision and had termed it just a hood wink by US.