Senate leader McConnell to oppose effort to block U.S. arms sale to Saudis

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Posted: Sep 20, 2016 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he would oppose an effort in Congress to pass a measure that seeks to block the sale of $1.15 billion in Abrams tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

The Republican lawmaker told reporters that Saudi Arabia had been a good ally of the United States for many years and it was important to maintain as good a relationship as possible with Riyadh.

A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers has introduced a joint resolution seeking to block the arms deal, saying Saudi Arabia has a poor human rights record and the agreement would fuel an ongoing arms race in the region.

(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh)