GiNN-BerlinKontor.—US-Präsident Donald J. TRUMP hat m 20.05. in Riad/Saudi-Arabien ein Abkommen im Wert von insgesamt € 340 Milliarden unterzeichnet. Das bestätigte Außenminister Rex TILLERSON in Riad. Wie das das Weiße Haus in Washington D.C. erklärte, schlossen USA und Saudi-Arabien ein “Waffengeschäft” in Höhe von rund US-$ 110 Milliarden ab. “Der größte einzelne Rüstungsdeal in der US-Geschichte”.
Die Washington Post und The New York Times hatten zuvor gemeldet, der “deal” mit Saudi-Arabien umfasse vor allem Raketenabwehrsysteme, Schiffe für die Küstenwache, Panzer und Raketen sowie Flugzeuge, Spezialbomben und Präzisionsmunition (“planes and precision-guided bombs”).
The White House: “The President’s meetings underscored the deep and longstanding commitment of the United States to the security, stability, and prosperity of Saudi Arabia and demonstrated the President’s confidence in the future of U.S.-Saudi relations. He also emphasized the importance of working jointly to address challenges to regional peace and security, including defeating ISIS and al-Qaeda, countering Iran’s destabilizing activities, and resolving conflicts in Yemen and Syria.
President Trump and King Salman signed a Joint Strategic Vision Statement promising close collaboration to counter violent extremism, disrupt the financing of terrorism, and advance defense cooperation. Moreover, the President expressed his strong support for Saudi Arabia’s economic reform plans and promoted U.S. companies as ideal partners for Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation, as illustrated by the many deals signed by U.S. companies during the President’s visit.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also there as President Trump and King Salman participated in the signing ceremony for almost $110 billion worth of defense capabilities. This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats.
Additionally, it bolsters the Kingdom’s ability to provide for its own security and continue contributing to counterterrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on U.S. military forces.
This package demonstrates the United States’ commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region, potentially supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the United States.” (Quelle: whitehouse.gov)