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Saudis seek continued modernization support

June 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia has asked the United States for continued support services and equipment to help modernize its National Guard.

The services and equipment would come under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program and carries an estimated value of $4 billion.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by making a key regional ally and partner in the international fight against terrorism more capable of defeating those who would threaten regional stability and less reliant on the deployment of U.S. combat forces to maintain or restore stability in the Middle East, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its notification to Congress.

"The continuation of services under the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program is an evolution of Saudi Arabia as an effective defensive force with the advice, assistance, and training of the U.S. Army."

Defense services that would continue if approved by Congress includes program support, personnel training and training equipment, transportation, spare and repair parts, automation initiatives, support for health programs and engineering, and logistics support services.

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