U.S. Authorize s $3.05 Billion Sale of Patriot Missiles to Saudi Arabia

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    300 Patriot missiles, which are officially referred to as GEM-T were previously sought by Saudi Arabia and will be subject to the approval of Congress, as well as negotiations with contractors, according to Bloomberg. The sales package includes tools for testing, tests equipment and spare components and logistical support for the tactical ballistic missiles.

    “The US also announced the potential sale to the United Arab Emirates of additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system missiles, THAAD fire control and communication stations, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.25 billion,” the report said.

    In a statement revealing that the missiles will be sold to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. State Department stated that the missiles would be beneficial for the defense of Saudi Arabia “against persistent Houthi cross-border unmanned aerial system and ballistic missile attacks on civilian sites and critical infrastructure.”

    “These attacks threaten the well-being of Saudi, international and US citizens (approximately 70,000) residing in the Kingdom,” the statement stated.

    Before his trip to Saudi Arabia, President Joe Biden stated that he would view the kingdom as a rogue state in the wake of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Biden's statement was bizarrely demonstrated when he welcomed Saudi King Mohammed bin Salman with an awkward fist bump, instead of the traditional handshake.

    Fred Ryan, the Washington Post publisher, called the incident a “shameful” attempt to project an “level of intimacy and comfort that delivers to [the prince] the unwarranted redemption he has been desperately seeking.”

    “Is this the accountability you promised for [Khashoggi’s] murder? The blood of MBS’s next victim is on your hands,” tweeted Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's former fiancée,.

    The president's meeting with the crown prince was not as successful as he had hoped with the crown prince not making a definitive commitment to boost oil production, as prices for gas contine to rise in the wake the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

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