The US State Department have approved a deal worth $1.3 billion. This equates to 22,000 smart bombs that are to be used in the Saudi military campaign in Yemen. Although Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest buyers of US weapons, the US Congress have 30 days to renege on the deal if they choose so.
A Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency statement said: ‘This acquisition will help sustain strong military-to-military relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, improve [the ability of Saudi forces to work] with the United States, and enable Saudi Arabia to meet regional threats and safeguard the world’s largest oil reserves.’
Washington approved a $5.4 billion sale of 600 advanced Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia in September, whilst in October the US government approved an $11 billion sale for four Lockheed Martin Corps warships, along with weapons, training and logistical support.
Washington has supported the Saudi-led campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.
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