US clears heavy arms sales to Middle East state
To strengthen Saudi Arabia’s defenses, the State Department allowed 300 Patriot missiles be sold to them.
According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Tuesday’s announcement by US State Department indicated that 300 Patriot missiles were being sold to Saudi Arabia for $3.05 billion.
According to the agency 300 Raytheon Technologies-made MIM-104E-missiles had been requested by the kingdom. It could include all the necessary equipment and technical documentation as well as spare or repair parts.
Washington thinks this is a good deal “will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States”Because it can increase security “partner country”The Gulf region.
According to Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the sale was intended to replenish the Saudi Patriot missile stocks and to help strengthen the country’s potential. “to meet current and future threats.”The Houthi rebels of Yemen are included in the latter group, which may pose danger to the wellbeing of the people.
It was also stated that Saudi Arabia would be able integrate Patriots in its armed forces with no problems. This is a claim that does not alter the regional military balance.
After US President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East last month, this announcement is timely. Biden also said he’d confronted Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
This controversy has long ensnared US-Saudi relations. Joe Biden was the former presidential candidate and vowed in 2019 to restore Saudi Arabia. “pariah” state. Biden banned offensive weapons sales to Saudi Arabia last year.
According to a Reuters Report last month, the US Administration has been considering an eventual lifting of restrictions. Any decision on this matter, however, is contingent on whether Riyadh takes steps to end the war in Yemen, according to the news agency’s sources.
As the US State Department approved an arms deal, it also announced that they may be negotiating with another Middle Eastern country: United Arab Emirates. Washington might sell UAE the 96 terminal high-altitude area defense system (THAAD) missiles for $2.2 billion. This deal will also help Abu Dhabi to repel potential ballistic missile threats within the region.