State Department to remove human rights conditions of Bahrain jet deal: report

State Department to remove human rights conditions of Bahrain jet deal: report
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The State Department has decided to eliminate the human rights conditions that the Obama administration placed on the sale of a batch of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain, The New York Times first reported.

Foggy Bottom reportedly informed Congress on Wednesday of its decision to remove the conditions and follow through with the sale.

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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans Cheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama MORE (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the newspaper that such conditions were counterproductive.

“This type of conditionality would be unprecedented and counterproductive to maintaining security cooperation and ultimately addressing human rights issues,” said Corker. “There are more effective ways to seek changes in partner policies than publicly conditioning weapons transfers in this manner.” 

Earlier this month, Amnesty International pushed President Trump not to follow through with the arms sale to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, citing potential war crimes and civilian casualties in both countries' fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen.