December 7, 2019 | 6:50 AM IST
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US approves $125 mn military sales to aide Pak’s F-16 Fighter Jets

The Pentagon on Friday notified the Congress of its decision to approve military sales worth $125 million. This could result in 24x7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan.This comes days after US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meet at White House.

Confirming the report, a state department spokesperson said, “As the president reiterated this week, we could consider restoring certain security assistance programmes consistent with the broader tenor of our relationship. There has, however, been no change to the security assistance suspension announced by President Trump in January 2018.”
He added, “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by protecting American technology through the continued presence of US personnel that provide 24x7 end-use monitoring

Similarly, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said, “The state department has determined approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for Technical Security Team in continued support of the F-16 programme for an estimated cost of $125 million.”
The statement adds, that Pakistan requested a continuation of technical support services and other related elements of logistics support to assist in the oversight of operations in support of Pakistan Peace Drive advanced F-16 programme. The Pentagon has made it clear that the proposed sale of this support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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