Reuters yesterday reported that the administration of US President Donald Trump promoted the sale of weapons worth 1 billion USD to Morocco. The day after helping Morocco and Israel normalize relations, the administration of President Donald Trump sent a notice to the US Congress of the sale of weapons and drones to Morocco.
Specifically, the Trump administration on December 11 sent a notice to the US Congress about the sale of unmanned aircraft and precision-guided weapons to Morocco. The deal includes four MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones and weapons such as the Hellfire missile, laser-guided Paveway bombs, and a JDAM integrated multitasking global positioning (GPS) bomb.
The move comes a day after the White House announced that thanks to the US as an intermediary, Morocco has normalized relations with Israel. Previously, the Trump administration also mediated the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan to reach an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.
The report comes a day after the White House announced the authorities of Morocco and Israel had agreed to normalize relations, making Morocco the sixth Arab country to restore relations with Tel Aviv.
Accordingly, the Washington-Rabat deal has been discussed over the past few months, but it is not clear whether it is related to the recent US-mediated normalization of relations with Israel.
Although the US State Department officially confirmed information on the sale of the drone to Morocco, it is unlikely that the deal between the two countries includes other weapons.
The Trump administration is also pursuing a similar arms deal recently. Since September, the White House has continuously pushed for a $ 23 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The agreement was not passed due to insufficient votes in the Senate, but the White House is determined to pursue the sale of weapons to the UAE, Reuters reported.
Israel in October also announced its withdrawal of its opposition to the sale of the F-35 stealth fighter to Abu Dhabi after receiving assurances from the US administration of its military advantage in the Middle East.
Success in reconciling the relationship between Morocco and Israel is part of President Trump’s larger plan to bring peace to the strained Middle East.