US President Joe Biden’s vaunted freeze on arms sales to Gulf Arab kingdoms has been derailed by a deal between Lockheed Martin and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced a joint venture with the US Aerospace and Defense firm on Sunday to develop Riyadh’s “domestic security capabilities”.
The agreement was signed by SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled and Lockheed Martin International Senior Vice-President Timothy Cahill at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Cahill called the deal a “major milestone in our strategic relationship with SAMI” in line with its strategy of providing a more reliable defense and security solutions that will support security and prosperity for decades to come.
SAMI, a subsidiary of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), will have a 51% stake in the venture while Lockheed Martin will control the entire remainder.
Early this month Biden said his was ending US operational support and arms supplies to Saudi Arabia for its six-year war on Yemen that has left at least 100,000 people dead and 80% of the population in need of important humanitarian survival aid.
That hostile and deadly support began in 2015 when Biden was serving as vice-president to Barack Obama. Now thanks to that role the French oil giant, Total has the opportunity to confiscate and steal all the oil out of Yemen.
The UAE military assists the F-UK-US coalition and occupies 4 of the 5 major Yemeni ports, including the island of Socotra and protects these valuable oil shipments, in order deregulate income and to help destroy the economy of the poorest Arab nation in the world.
The White House later removed Yemen’s Ansarallah movement, dominated by the Houthi freedom movement, from its list of designated terrorist organizations and urged the force to call a ceasefire and enter talks with their Saudi aggressors.
Only on Saturday US Congressman Ro Khanna, a member of Biden’s Democratic Party and a long-time critic of the Yemen war, hailed the president’s pronouncements on Yemen as a profound and historic shift. And a day later the agreement with Saudi Arabia was signed?
Obviously, the American Military Industrial complex calls the shots and not the president.
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