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US senator vows to block Gulf arms sales until Qatar crisis eases

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  1. Hexciter

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    US senator vows to block Gulf arms sales until Qatar crisis eases
    By Bloomberg
    Monday, 26 June 2017 10:09 PM

    The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday he’ll block US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and their neighbours in the Gulf Cooperation Council to prod them toward ending a standoff among critical American allies in the region.

    "Before we provide any further clearances during the informal review period on sales of lethal military equipment to the GCC states, we need a better understanding of the path to resolve the current dispute, " Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    Corker’s threat to block weapons deals may add clout to Tillerson’s efforts to coax the feuding parties toward an agreement. A Saudi-led alliance severed diplomatic and transport links with Qatar three weeks ago, accusing their fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member of supporting terrorism and cozying up to Iran. Qatar has denied those assertions and countered that the moves are a play by the Saudis to dominate its neighbours.

    “A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation,” Tillerson said Sunday in an emailed statement. “We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal, which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism. A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension.”

    Tillerson also said Qatar will find it “very difficult” to comply with some demands made by the Saudi-led bloc, though he said they can be a basis for talks.

    After Tillerson called on the bloc to spell out exactly what Qatar must do to end its diplomatic and economic isolation, the Saudis responded with 13 demands. They included shutting the Al-Jazeera TV network, cutting back diplomatic ties with Iran and ending Turkey’s military presence in the country - a list Qatar said was far from the “reasonable and actionable” proposals Tillerson had called for.

    While Tillerson, a former oilman who negotiated major deals in the region, has sought to calm the situation and work with all parties to the dispute, President Donald Trump has repeatedly sided with the Saudis. Trump wrote on Twitter that Qatar has a history of “funding Radical Ideology,” and he has said the Saudis were right to act.

    The crisis is adding uncertainty to a region fraught with instability and sectarian violence, and also comes as the Gulf Arab monarchies are trying to attract foreign investment to reduce their economies’ dependency on oil exports. Iran and Turkey have backed Qatar in the crisis, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling the demands an attack on the gas-rich nation’s sovereignty and against international law.

    Trump boasted of offering $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia during his trip to Riyadh in May. The Senate voted this month to kill a measure that would have blocked part of the deal, but the vote of 47-53 reflected significant opposition to the sales.

    The US also has continued to offer arms to Qatar, including a $12 billion deal for as many as 36 F-15 jets that was completed this month amid the Gulf crisis.

    The Saudi alliance’s cutting off of diplomatic and transport links with Qatar has split families, disrupted trade, and threatens to alter long-standing geopolitical alliances. Qatar, which hosts the base for US air operations against ISIL, views the action as an illegal siege.

    Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister, said on Saturday that Qatar “cannot be a Trojan horse” with regard to regional security. The country’s isolation is about “behavioral change” rather than regime change, he said at a press conference in Dubai.

    If diplomacy doesn’t work “and Qatar is not ready to acknowledge and address its support for extremism and terrorism, we will have to come and say ‘you go your way,’” Gargash said.
     
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    ahahaha, so now what? No weapons for KSA, go to putin he would give you weapons...:-) That doesn't work then maybe china, what if china block the weapon go for europe?
     
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    Use your brain genius. There is no blockade. Just 1 redneck of no influence barking and wanting his 2 seconds of fame.
     
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    The guy is just stating his opinion like anyone else.. the congress approval of the US-KSA military deals was assured before the signing of the deals in KSA during Trump's visit..
     
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    blocked read again, 47-53 reflected! Trump did give you assurance of the delivery? He can give you but in the end FMS will be voted in the congres. They say yes then you will get it, until you have solve the beef with Qatar you will see nothing.
     
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    WTF ? :D

    One day in June !

    The name of movie: The Sales are free in GCC !
    Scenario:
    1-Saud family sponsoring own fight with terrorists in ME, suddenly agreed to punish their "brother" Qatar with a joke claims like "sponsoring terrorism".

    2-Saud family complained their "brother" Qatar to their boss "Trump" in his visit while dancing together.

    3-Boss Trump gave OK but As He told in his election conversation that Such a support will costs too much money to Saud family.

    4-Later, Saud agreed to give hundreds of billion $ bribe to boss Trump with paying 3-4x more money to an average USA products to hide their desperation.

    5-Other Puppet kingdoms followed the same paths with Saudi family to "punish" their brothers.

    6-"Brother" Qatar taking support of Turkey, Iran and Russia, strongly objected to Saudi king wishes not to be a puppet like others.

    7-One day, Hired gang USA suddenly agreed to sell weapons to "terror sponsor little brother" Qatar worth 12 billion $.

    8-This time, Saud family feel themselves to be played with their feelings so objected to this sale.

    9- To cover the lost credit , Saud family pathetically voiced to issue an embargo to Turkey supporting their "brothers"

    10-During this time, The "enemy" and "devil" Israel sent "love and happiness" messages to Saudi family to being a puppet of their policies in region.

    11-But Saud king doesn't bound an ethic limit. This time, They agreed to sit on the laps of a new bear to duplicate their roles to be puppet... Bingo ! It is announced to be signed a new deal worth tens of billion $ with Russia.

    12-Later, USA Congress members objected to deliver their weapons worth hundred of billion $ to the hands of Saud family until they solve the problems with Qatar.

    13- To be continued !

    With pop-corns in my hand, I am waiting the next episode of this "sale" movie of puppet kings. My God ! What a movie :cheers:
     
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    The congress decides not the senate..
     
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    Read again ! BLOCKED written !
     
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    If that makes you feel better than it is OK.. but it is not the truth.. arms deals have to go through congress.. just google it.. the senate wants to put pressure on the foreign secretary, but it is Trump and congress who decide..

    Read again future tense:

    US senator vows to block Gulf arms sales until Qatar crisis eases
    By Bloomberg
    Monday, 26 June 2017 10:09 PM

    The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday he’ll block US arms sales

    And

    Trump boasted of offering $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia during his trip to Riyadh in May. The Senate voted this month to kill a measure that would have blocked part of the deal, but the vote of 47-53 reflected significant opposition to the sales.

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    Who knows, maybe that was for F-35s !?
     
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    It is not clear! Seems like one senator having issues American getting jobs.
     
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