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US State Department approves $650 million sale of air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia

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US plane launches air-to-air missile

The Pentagon announced that the State Department had approved a deal to sell air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia, worth up to $650 million.

“The US State Department has approved a potential sale of 280 AIM-120C air-to-air missiles in a deal worth up to $650 million,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Al-Ban pointed out that “this is the first major US arms deal to Saudi Arabia since the administration of President Joe Biden took power and adopted a policy of not selling weapons other than defensive to its Gulf ally.”

For his part, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said that it “approved the proposed deal on October 26,” adding that “sales of air-to-air missiles come after an increase in cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia over the past year.”

It is noteworthy that the administration of US President Joe Biden, at the beginning of this year, temporarily froze some arms sales to the UAE and Saudi Arabia to review these agreements.

The move came against the backdrop of Biden’s pledge during his election campaign to prevent the use of American weapons in military operations launched by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, in which the UAE is the second largest force. In the world.

Source: “Reuters” + agencies

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