US to 'buy more support' from Mideast allies against Iran, Syria

The United States announced a proposed $13 billion military aid package for Egypt and a $30 billion package for Israel, along with plans to provide such aid to Saudi Arabia and Gulf states.

US to 'buy more support' from Mideast allies against Iran, Syria
The United States on Monday announced a proposed $13 billion military aid package for Egypt and a $30 billion package for Israel, along with plans to provide such aid to Saudi Arabia and Gulf states.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made the announcement hours before leaving with Defense Secretary Robert Gates for a rare joint trip to Egypt and Saudi Arabia where they are seeking more Arab help in stabilizing Iraq.

"This effort will help bolster forces of moderation and support a broader strategy to counter the negative influences of al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran," said Rice in a statement announcing the agreements.

The packages for Egypt and Israel would be for 10-year periods.

Rice said the Bush administration was starting discussions with Egypt for the $13 billion military-assistance deal, which would strengthen Egypt's ability to "address shared strategic goals."

"Further modernizing the Egyptian and Saudi Armed Forces and increasing interoperability will bolster our partners' resolve in confronting the threat of radicalism and cement their respective roles as regional leaders in the quest for Middle East peace and in ensuring Lebanon's freedom and independence," Rice said.

The Saudi package, which along with the other deals must be approved by Congress, is expected to upgrade the country's missile defenses and air force and increase its naval capabilities, a defense official told Reuters on Saturday.

Bush administration officials said the amount for the Saudi aid deal is still being negotiated.

Rice said that U.S. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns planned to travel to Israel and the region in mid-August to finalize the agreements.

Reuters
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semi_canada
semi_canada - 12 yıl Before

we have inside enemies in Islam, (Saudi the U.S left overs) and others the like are enough for us!
instead of "left overs," i wanted to say something else but we cannot edit it here :)