Kuwait newspaper Al-Rai reported that the source of the White House shows that there is a possibility that Congress will reverse the disapproval of the sale of US fighter jets to Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain before President Barack Obama leaves office on January 17, 2017 following intense lobbying by government officials.
Obama administration officials with the US State Department and the US Department of Defense engaged in “political battle brutal” by Bahrain Mirror, in trying to convince Congress to approve the arms deal. President Obama agrees, almost a year ago, to sell 76 fighter jets worth a total of $ 8 billion to the three Gulf countries before the deal exploded into controversy.
The report comes less than two months after a bipartisan group of US senators asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to suspend all military assistance and transfer to Bahrain citing the deterioration of human rights in the country following the increasing crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations that have been going on for five years ,
Letter from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine (D-VA) following the June 21 State Department report to Congress that condemned Bahrain’s monarchy wanton aggression against peaceful civilian demonstrators.