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

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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced, on Tuesday, that the State Department approved a possible sale of 300 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia for about $3.05 billion.

The deal will renew Saudi Arabia’s “dwindling” stockpile of missile defense systems.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement that these missiles are used to defend the borders of Saudi Arabia against the Houthis’ cross-border unmanned air system and ballistic missile attacks on civilian sites and critical infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

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

This comes after President Biden visited Saudi Arabia last month and met King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Said and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss human rights and energy security.

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Reuters reported a few days before the trip that the Biden administration was considering lifting the embargo on the sale of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, a decision dependent on the country ending its proxy war in Yemen against Iran.

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

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

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The UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said the truce in the Yemeni civil war has been extended from Tuesday to October.

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