U.S. plans to sell $1 billion – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has notified Congress of a possible sale of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and precision-guided weapons to Morocco. The value of the deal is estimated at $1 billion, as reported by Reuters on Tuesday citing sources, the MilitaryEzyInfo reported.
U.S. plans to sell $1 billion worth of arms to Morocco
According to a person familiar with the contents of the notice, the sales list includes four MQ-9B SeaGuardian reconnaissance UAVs, Hellfire guided missiles, and Paveway and JDAM guided airstrikes.
On Thursday, Trump said Israel and Morocco had agreed to full diplomatic relations, calling it a major achievement for peace in the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel and Morocco will work to establish full diplomatic relations and direct flights as soon as possible.
Also on Thursday, the White House chief said he had signed a declaration recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. The situation in Western Sahara has been the subject of an international dispute for decades.
Seeking independence for the region is the Polisario Front, founded in the mid-1970s, which declared the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic after the Spanish colonial withdrawal and launched an armed struggle with the support of Algeria.
Fighting in the conflict zone continued until 1991 when it ended with the deployment of a peacekeeping mission by the United Nations. Despite a number of peace initiatives by the international community, a solution to the conflict remains elusive.
Morocco considers Western Sahara to be an integral part of the region and therefore allows only broad autonomy. Since June 2007, Morocco and the Frente Polisario have held four rounds of talks, none of which have been conclusive.