US, Saudi agree arms deals worth almost USD 110 billion: White House

This package supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, an official told AFP.

Published: 20th May 2017 07:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th May 2017 07:30 PM   |  A+A-

US President Donald Trump, right, and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport on May 20. (Photo | AP)

By AFP

RIYADH: Washington has agreed arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion, a White House official said Saturday, the first day of President Donald Trump's visit to the traditional US ally.

"This package of defence equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats," the official said.

It will also bolster the kingdom's "ability to contribute to counter-terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the US military to conduct those operations," the official added.

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