Britain to Sell 48 Typhoon Jets to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, held talks in London on Friday with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The two sides discussed bilateral ties and means of cooperation in various fields.

They also addressed the latest developments in the Middle East and efforts to bolster security and stability there.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to the UK Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz, State Minister Dr. Musaid bin Mohammed al-Ayban, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, head of Saudi general intelligence Khaled bin Ali al-Hmeidan, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis and a number of British Foreign Office officials.

The New York Times report that Britain on Friday– the last day of Saudi crown prince’s 3-day visit to the UK, approved the sale of 48 highly advanced fighter jets to the Kingdom.

Announcement of the agreement to sell the Typhoon jets came from BAE Systems, the aerospace company set to produce the aircraft, and not from either government.

The news came just after a meeting between the crown prince and Britain’s defense minister, Gavin Williamson.

The price was not clear. But a deal reached in December for BAE to produce 24 Typhoons for Qatar was valued at almost $7 billion.

Saudi Arabia already has 72 Typhoon jets.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May and the crown prince reached an agreement designed to generate $90 million in trade and investment between the two countries.

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