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