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U.S. Signs $110 Billion Worth Of Arm Deals With Saudi: Agreement To Bolster Kingdom’s Counter-Terrorism Operations

By Carie P. cpaddayuman@gmail.com | May 22, 2017 05:55 AM EDT

The United States and Saudi Arabia just agreed and signed arm deals on the first day of President Donald Trump's state visit to the said Middle East country. According to reports, this is also an agreement to boost the ability of the kingdom to fight terrorism.

With the latest report, it was also claimed that this arm deals are worth US$110 billion and will be very beneficial to support Saudi's long-term security. It was recalled that there was a tension in the Gulf Region due to alleged Iranian threats which Saudi claimed was the source of terrorism.

Last May 20, President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have agreed with the arm deals with Saudi Arabia. According to CNBC, this deal will also help the U.S. military to reduce their work and part in conducting operations in the said region.

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As the two countries signed the arm deals, this also marked a very important expansion in terms of the seven-decade-long security partnership between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. However, it was reported that the deals excluded details and information about the agreement with Riyadh which is regarded as one of the biggest defense spenders across the globe.

The arm deals between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.S. included $6 billion worth of 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters. Apart from this, previous reports confirmed that the U.S. is one of the major suppliers of weapons and arm to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

With this update was the report that the source and initiator of terrorism around the globe is Iran as claimed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Reuters reported that Saudi King Salman mentioned in his speech that Iran has been at the forefront of global terrorism. He also added that Saudi will not give way to those who are believed to be financiers of terrorism.

But this new arm deals with Saudi Arabia became very controversial when some rights groups have been reproachful of U.S. arms sales to Riyadh. Despite the mounting pressure that the U.S. is facing with the arm deals, the country is very firm to sustain its ties with Saudi Arabia as one of its traditional allies in Asia.

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