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Saudi and UAE allies search for loopholes to continue arms sales

Western allies of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are having to get creative in order to continue delivering weaponry to the Gulf. The United States and United Kingdom governments are both seeking loopholes to be able to fulfil previously agreed contracts. However, some deals continue to be held up, notably in France where another shipment of arms destined for Saudi Arabia has failed to leave port.In late May, Washington used what one administration critic described as an “obscure loophole” to push through a string of arms deals worth more than $8bn with the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

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