The State Department announced Monday its decision to provide Saudi Arabia with an additional five years of technical assistance and advisory support to help counter regional threats.
A statement from the department said the sale, at an estimated cost of $350 million, would see the support provided to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a friendly country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the statement read.
.@StateDept authorizes a Foreign Military Sales #FMS case for #SaudiArabia for Security Assistance Office Support Services by the U.S. Training Mission to Saudi Arabia valued at up to $350 million #FMSUpdate-https://t.co/1ybz1HoeI5 pic.twitter.com/VnmkyXjeXM— Political-Military Affairs, US Dept of State (@StateDeptPM) December 1, 2020
This will also help Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet current and future threats, including regional threats.
Separately, the US announced its intention to sell up to 300 military Humvees, estimated at the cost of $55.5 million.
.@StateDept authorizes a Foreign Military Sales #FMS case for #Lebanon for up to up to 300 M1152 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) valued at up to $55.5 million #FMSUpdate-https://t.co/BmqNixdNJH pic.twitter.com/5T45ysKQ1h— Political-Military Affairs, US Dept of State (@StateDeptPM) December 1, 2020
“The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today,” the State Department said.
The sale of the M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) comes after a request from the Lebanese government, Washington said.
“Also included are spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support,” the State Department said.
Washington has faced pushback for providing support to the Lebanese army, out of fear and accusations that it coordinates with Iran-backed Hezbollah.
Nevertheless, Lebanon’s army was one of the first in the region to successfully defeat ISIS and is seen by the US government as a critical partner in the fight against terrorism.
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