Trump Administration pushes $5 billion sale of fighter aircrafts to Bahrain

The Trump Administration is pursuing the sale despite Bahrain’s human rights records.

The Trump Administration has notified the U.S. Congress that it plans on pursuing the $5 billion sale of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircrafts to Bahrain along with related equipment.

As per a congressional source the sale was held up last year due to concerns on Bahrain’s human rights.

While the State Department had originally notified Congress of the proposed sale last September itself, when President Barack Obama was in office, it was pulled on hold since Bahrain had yet to make any improvements on its human rights record.

As per the source, the Trump administration prefers to separate the sale of the fighter aircrafts to the country’s human rights issues.

Members of Congress were not immediately available for comment on whether they would raise objections to the sale over human rights concerns.

The $4.867 billion sale, includes 19 fighter aircrafts, 23 engines, air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnances, radars and other avionics and related equipment.

As per the Arms Exports Control Act, the notice to the U.S. Congress provides for 40 days of additional congressional review followed by a formal notice to the Congress, after which the licenses for the sale will be approved.

Lockheed Martin declined comment.

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