Saturday, May 20, 2017

$110bn arms deals agreed as Trump visits Saudi Arabia

The US has agreed arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion, a White House official said this afternoon, on the first day of President Donald Trump's visit to the traditional US ally.


"This package of defence equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats," the official said.

It will also bolster the kingdom's "ability to contribute to counter-terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the US military to conduct those operations," the official added.

Mr Trump landed in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh early this morning for the start of his first foreign tour since taking office.
 [rte.ie]
20/5/17
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