State Department approves possible sale of 300 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia

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State Department approves possible sale of 300 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia The Agency for Security and Defense Cooperation said Tuesday it would cost about $3.05 billion.

The sale will add to Saudi Arabia’s “dwindling” stockpile of missile defense systems.

“These missiles are being used to defend the borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against persistent cross-border Houthi drones and ballistic missile attacks on civilian and critical infrastructure sites in Saudi Arabia,” the Agency for Security and Defense Cooperation said in a statement.

A US Air Force soldier stands near a Patriot missile battery at Prince Sultan Air Force Base in Al Kharj, central Saudi Arabia.  20, 2020.

A US Air Force soldier stands near a Patriot missile battery at Prince Sultan Air Force Base in Al Kharj, central Saudi Arabia. 20, 2020.
(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP, file)

It happens after President Biden visited Saudi Arabia last month and met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saeed and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on human rights and energy security issues.

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Reuters reported just days before the trip that the Biden administration was considering lifting a ban on the sale of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, a decision that hinges on whether the country ends its proxy war in Yemen. against Iran.

President Joe Biden arrives at King Abdulaziz International Airport July 15, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

President Joe Biden arrives at King Abdulaziz International Airport July 15, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said the truce in the Yemeni civil war has been extended from Tuesday until October.