The White House notified Congress on Friday of potential weapons sales to Morocco worth $1 billion, a day after announcing the Trump-brokered normalization agreement between Rabat and Tel Aviv.
The deal includes four MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones and precision-guided munitions, the Reuters news agency reported, citing “sources familiar with the notification.”
The weapons sale can be blocked by Congress, but lawmakers are not expected to prevent the deal from going through, two sources said.
On Thursday, Reuters said the US was on the verge of reaching an agreement with Morocco on the drone sale. Three sources with knowledge of the negotiations did not indicate whether the sale was directly tied to the normalization announcement.
Some of the other weapons included in the deal are Hellfire, Paveway and JDAM precision-guided munitions, the report said.
The US State Department has authorized the sale of the drones, but it was unclear whether Washington would allow them to be exported with weapons attached.
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Morocco had decided to normalize ties with the Zionist entity after the US agreed to recognize Rabat’s sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Morocco becomes the fourth country to take such a step in four months, following the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.