Saudi Arabia seeks continued U.S. support services

Oct. 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia is seeking military support services from the United States though a Foreign Military Sales deal worth an estimated $90 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress the support services to the Saudi Ministry of Defense would be a continuation of services now being provided by the U.S. Military Training Mission in the country – namely identifying planning, and executing U.S. security cooperation training and advisory support.

"This proposed sale will provide the continuation of USMTM services to Saudi Arabia," the agency said. "The proposed sale conveys the U.S.'s continued commitment to Saudi Arabia's security and strengthens our strategic partnership.

"The proposed sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region."

No permanent assignment of government or contractor personnel would be required, it added, but support teams could travel to the country on a temporary basis.

The contract period would be three years.

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