RIYADH Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Riyadh will pay nothing to the United States for the kingdoms security, in rebuttal to US President Donald Trump who recently said King Salman would not last in power for two weeks without US military support.
Actually we will pay nothing for our security. We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, its not free armament, the Saudi crown prince said in a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday. He made the comments in response to a question whether Riyadh needed to pay Washington more for its security.
Ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, weve bought everything with money, he further said, adding that since Trump came to power, the kingdom decided to purchase over 60 percent of its needed armament from the US for the next 10 years.
The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of US weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some $400 billion in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as a good achievement for Trump.
Also included in these agreements are that part of these armaments will be manufactured in Saudi Arabia, so it will create jobs in America and Saudi Arabia, good trade, good benefits for both countries and also good economic growth. Plus, it will help our security, Bin Salman further noted.
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