Advocacy groups press Congress to reject Biden weapons sale to Turkey

More than half a dozen organizations advocating American interests in the Middle East, Mediterranean and Caucasus are pressing Congress to overturn the Biden administration’s planned sale of F-16 fighter jets and other military material to Turkey.

The Biden administration last month asked Congress to approve the sale of advanced weapons and other equipment for Turkey’s fleet of F-16 fighter jets, The Wall Street Journal reported this week.

But seven advocacy organizations are raising alarm that Congress should apply strict scrutiny and oversight to any potential sales or transfer of fighter jets or major weapons systems to Turkey, which is an ally of the United States in NATO.

Separate letters were sent Friday to Senate and House lawmakers by the Hellenic American Leadership Council; Armenian National Committee of America; the American Jewish Committee; In Defense of Christians, the Middle East Forum; American Friends of Kurdistan; and the International Coordinating Committee — Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA).

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