US begins processing sale of WEAPONS worth $1 billion to Morocco immediately after Morocco, Israel agree to normalise ties

The US government has moved ahead with a USD $1 billion weapons sale to Morocco, a day after Morocco had agreed to normalise diplomatic ties with Israel, according to Reuters.

The news agency reported that the Trump administration sent a notification to Congress about the proposed arms sale.

The proposal is suppose to include four US-made drones, as well as precision-guided munitions.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump hailed the normalisation agreement between Morocco and Israel.

That agreement, which was condemned by Palestinian leaders, was reached after Washington recognised Morocco’s claim to the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Morocco is the fourth Arab country to agree to normalise relations with Israel at the behest of the Trump administration after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

The State Department’s notice to Congress about the proposed arms deal begins the formal processing of the sale.

Congress is notified about major international weapons deals and given the opportunity to review them before they go through.

Under US weapons export law, members of Congress can attempt to block such sales by offering resolutions of disapproval.

A recent multibillion-dollar US arms deal with the UAE, which came after the Gulf country signed its own US-brokered normalisation deal with Israel, was widely condemned by some US legislators who tried to block the sale.

That effort failed earlier this week in the US Senate.