US, Saudi Arabia sign $110B arms deal amid Trump visit

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) meets Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017 ( Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout – Anadolu Agency )

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have agreed on an arm deal worth almost $110 billion “to support Saudi Arabia’s defense needs,” the State Department said in a statement Saturday.

Also confirmed by the White House, the deal — announced during an official visit by U.S. President Donald Trump — was described as “a significant expansion of the more than seven-decade-long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

The agreement, which includes a package of defense equipment and services, was signed in an aim to support “the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats”.

The agreement also aims to bolster Saudi Arabia’s ability to provide for its own security and to “reduce the burden on U.S. military force” by contributing to counterterrorism operations across the region, the statement said.

The agreement was also expected to provide new jobs in the U.S. and expand opportunities for American companies in the region.

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