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Exclusive -- Pompeo: $8B Arms Sales to Middle East Allies 'Appropriate and Necessary'


Added 05-25-19 12:47:01am EST - “Pompeo said a newly-announced $8 billion in arms sales to Middle East allies would help protect their and America's interests against Iran.” - Breitbart.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Breitbart.com: “Pompeo: $8B Arms Sales to Middle East Allies Appropriate and Necessary”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“It is significant that we are not only demonstrating our will to continue to help them support and defend their countries and deter these threats, but the challenge from the Islamic Republic of Iran that we face,” Pompeo said in a phone interview.

“We’ve seen the heightened tensions over the last handful of weeks, so our expectation is that the risks will continue to stay at a heightened level, so it is appropriate and necessary to get these arms sales moving forward,” he said.

Pompeo said that the first sales will begin to be delivered within the next few weeks, but others could take some months. “It’s about prioritization, delivery schedule, availability,” he said.

“One of the reasons we need to start today…is some of these things do take time,” he added. “You gotta take that first step, or you can’t get to where you hopefully need to be, and that’s what’s today’s declaration is about.”

The arms sales were previously blocked by members of Congress more than a year ago. While most foreign arms sales are approved by Congress, the State Department in this case is drawing upon an authority under Section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act that allows the administration to undertake arms sales in an emergency.

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