Otago Daily Times

US sells arms to UAE


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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