US closes in on $100bn deal to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

Agreement believed to be close ahead of the US President’s visit to the country next week

The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100bn, a senior White Houseofficial said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump‘s planned visit to Riyadh.

The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300bn over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US ally Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbours.

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