In an effort to increase Saudi Arabia’s defense capabilities against extreme terrorist groups and Iran, President Trump will sign a $110 billion dollar defense deal with the Arab country on Saturday.
A signing ceremony in Saudi Arabia will be attended by Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The funds will help bolster Saudi Arabia’s defense capabilities while reducing U.S. military involvement in specific operations.
Included in the deal are top-of-the-line equipment and services such as missiles, munitions, bombs, armored personnel carriers, Littoral Combat Ships, and THAAD missile defense systems.
According to the White House, the deal will create jobs in the defense sector while reinvigorating America’s commitment to Saudi Arabia.
Gary Cohn, the director of Trump’s National Economic Council, said Saudi Arabia is “going to hire US companies” in association with the defense deal. Cohn asserted that the aim of the initiative is “to invest a lot of money in the U.S. and have a lot of U.S. companies invest and build things over here.”
Saudi Arabia stood alone among most other predominantly-Muslim countries by supporting Trump’s controversial travel suspension. The country has also committed to investing billions of dollars in the United States.
H/T: The Hill
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