Representatives Malinowski, McGovern, Schiff, Jacobs, Allred, Castro and Kim Respond to New Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia

November 10, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, DC) Representatives Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Adam Schiff (CA-28), Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Colin Allred (TX-32), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Andy Kim (NJ-03) issued the following statement today on the State Department’s notification to Congress of major weapons sales to the Saudi Air Force, which remains actively engaged in offensive air operations in the Yemeni Civil War.

“The announced transfer of up to $650 million in advanced munitions to the Saudi Air Force is intended to serve defensive purposes and protect against further Houthi airborne attacks.

But the only way to truly protect people in the region is to bring the war in Yemen to an end. The conflict has now claimed thousands of lives and remains a devastating humanitarian disaster.

While the administration has suspended offensive weapons sales, it continues to provide logistical support and spare parts that permit an escalation of offensive Saudi Air Force operations in Yemen. That needs to stop. We urge the administration to review the efficacy of its offensive weapons freeze and consider additional steps to bring about a cessation of airstrikes against belligerents in Yemen’s civil war. We will also work with the NDAA conferees to ensure that provisions intended to help bring about an end to this conflict are strengthened.”

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