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    Trump strikes arms deal with Saudis worth $350 billion, $110 billion to take effect immediately

    21 May 2017, 9:15 am
    ‘In his first overseas trip as president, Donald Trump sealed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $350 billion over 10 years, with nearly $110 billion to take effect immediately. The agreement is said to bolster security “in the face of Iranian threats.” “This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats. Additionally, it bolsters the Kingdom’s ability to provide for its own security and continue contributing to counterterrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on US military forces,” the US Department of State said in a statement on Saturday. US President Donald Trump, along with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is accompanying him on the trip, attended a signing ceremony for almost $110 billion worth of defense capabilities to be conveyed to Saudi Arabia, effective immediately. “This package demonstrates the United States’ commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region,” the statement read.’ Read more: Trump strikes arms deal with Saudis worth $350 billion, $110 billion to take effect immediately

    The $110 Billion Arms Deal Trump Just Signed With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal

    21 May 2017, 9:08 am
    ‘A $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that President Donald Trump announced Saturday would be illegal because of the Saudis’ role in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, according to a legal analysis the Senate received Friday. The U.S. “cannot continue to rely on Saudi assurances that it will comply with international law and agreements concerning the use of U.S.-origin equipment,” Michael Newton, a prominent Vanderbilt University law professor and former military judge advocate general, said in an opinion sent to the full Senate by the human rights arm of the American Bar Association. He cited “multiple credible reports of recurring and highly questionable [air]strikes’’ by the Saudi military that have killed civilians. In a 23-page assessment, Newton said the strikes have continued “even after Saudi units received training and equipment to reduce civilian casualties.” “Continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia ― and specifically of arms used in airstrikes ― should not be presumed to be permissible” under the two statutes covering most sales of military equipment by the U.S government to foreign nations, he said.’ Read more: The $110 Billion Arms Deal Trump Just Signed With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal

    Saudi king tells Donald Trump Syrians 'brought destruction to their own country'

    21 May 2017, 9:05 am
    ‘The king of Saudi Arabia, a major backer of rebel forces in Syria, appeared to lament the destruction caused by the civil war while meeting with Donald Trump in Riyadh. “Syria too used to be one of the most advanced countries,” King Salman told Mr Trump, according to a White House press pool report. “We used to get our professors from Syria,” the King continued. “They served our kingdom. Unfortunately, they too brought destruction to their own country. You can destroy a country in mere seconds, but it takes a lot of effort.” King Salman greeted Mr Trump in Riyadh with a warm welcome, meeting the President on the airport’s tarmac, which he did not do when Mr Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia last year.’ Read more: Saudi king tells Donald Trump Syrians ‘brought destruction to their own country’

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    21 May 2017, 9:02 am
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    Abbas to propose large-scale land swap with Israel: Official

    21 May 2017, 8:59 am
    ‘A Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas will propose exchanging 6.5 percent of the Palestinian territory to Israel, more than triple the amount put forward in a previous land-swap initiative. The official close to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) told Middle East Eye on Sunday that Abbas would make the proposal during US President Donald Trump’s forthcoming visit to the West Bank. “The Palestinian side will be presenting a new vision which is quite detached from that of the majority of the Palestinian people. This vision is based on exchanging a lot of Palestinian lands,” the official said. “Previous discussions about a Palestinian-Israeli settlement revolved around the exchange of only 1.9 percent of the lands, but now we are talking about more than triple that amount,” he noted.’ Read more: Abbas to propose large-scale land swap with Israel: Official