WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A Saudi Arabian request for continued technical training and other support services from the U.S. military has received State Department approval.
The services would be performed by the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, or USMTM, the Security Cooperation Organization responsible for identifying, planning, and executing U.S. Security Cooperation training and advisory support for the Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, notified Congress the value of the contract is about $200 million.
"Sustaining the USMTM supports Saudi Arabia in deterring hostile action and increases U.S. - Saudi Arabia military interoperability," it said.
Implementation of the deal would require the permanent or temporary assignment of as many as 202 case-funded U.S. government or contractor personnel to Saudi Arabia.
DSCA did not elaborate on the exact services to be provided to Saudi Arabia.ncy