The United States prepares to allow the Persian Gulf countries to re-purchase US-made weapons, after an important senator has said that he will lift the ban on the sale. The plan came to prominence despite Qatar's diplomatic crisis that sparked the ban.
Last year, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he had imposed a general suspension for sales to Gulf Cooperation Council member states, pressed Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other countries to resolve their disputes.
But Corker, in a letter to Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson on Thursday (16/2), acknowledged that "there is still no clear path to resolve the GCC rift."
He said he would start allowing the sale to continue , if the Trump Admin can assure that the sale of such weapons helps combat terrorism.
Tillerson, who has turned away from the Gulf crisis after his first attempt to brokers failed, welcomed the decision. Responding to Corker, Tillerson said that the U.S. will continue to work with Gulf countries to resolve the dispute. But in the meantime, the US is still working with those countries to fight terrorism. [as/al]