US Senator urges State Department to probe UAE-delivery of American weapons to Haftar in Libya
A United States democratic senator has demanded an investigation into reports that US-made weapons have been found at a base of forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan city after it has been seized by the Libyan Army of the Government of National Accord (GNA).
GNA announced last week that its forces found the weapons at a base they captured from Haftar’s forces in the strategic town of Gharyan, south of the capital Tripoli, last week.
Four Javelin anti-tank missiles packed in wooden crates marked “armed forces of the United Arab Emirates.” were among the seized weapons.
Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, voiced, In a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, deep concern over the reports and said if the UAE had transferred the weapons, it would be a “serious violation” of US law.
“Such a transfer would also almost certainly be a violation of the UN arms embargo on Libya,” Menendez’s letter reads.
He added that he understands that the US State Department may have begun an investigation; if not, he demanded that a full investigation be done immediately.
“You are surely aware that if these allegations prove true you may be obligated by law to terminate all arms sales to the UAE.” Menendez told Pompeo in the letter, asking for explanations by July 15 on arms agreements with the UAE.
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