December 09, 2020

Kaine Statement on UAE Arms Sale Resolutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after voting for two Senate resolutions to block the Trump Administration’s proposed arms sale to the United Arab Emirates:

"Today I voted in favor of two Senate Resolutions disapproving the Trump Administration’s recently announced arms sale to the United Arab Emirates. While I believe that the UAE is an important US ally, Congress needs to review the details of arms transfers before they are finalized. In this case, Congress has not seen the details because the Administration has yet to conclude its discussions with the UAE about what protections should be in place. The right approach is for the US and UAE to finalize the transfer agreement, including provisions to ensure the security of American technology, allow Congress to review such provisions and then make a decision about the transfer. I am confident we can work out an acceptable set of protections, but I am unwilling to green light this arms sale until we do."

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