Otago Daily Times

US sells arms to UAE

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Washington: The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion told Congress yes­ter­day it had ap­proved the US sale of more than $US23 bil­lion in ad­vanced weapons sys­tems, in­clud­ing F­35 fighter jets and armed drones, to the United Arab Emi­rates, Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said.

The for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion fol­lowed a USbro­kered agree­ment in Septem­ber in which the UAE agreed to nor­malise re­la­tions with Is­rael, be­com­ing the first of three Arab states to make such a move.

‘‘This is in recog­ni­tion of our deep­en­ing re­la­tion­ship and the UAE’s need for ad­vanced de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties to de­ter and de­fend it­self against height­ened threats from Iran,’’ Pom­peo said in a state­ment. — Reuters

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