Saudis prep for WAR - Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

Gladys Abbott
March 10, 2018

London, Mar 9 British military equipment maker BAE Systems announced today that Saudi Arabia has signed a preliminary deal for 48 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets.

Saudi Arabia's mighty crown heir Prince Mohammed bin Salman has included Turkey in the "triangle of evil" along with radical Islamist groups and Iran, the electronic edition of the Greek newspaper Protothema reports.

"We have taken a vital step towards finalising another order for Typhoon jets that will increase security in the Middle East and boost British industry and jobs in our unrivalled aerospace sector", he said.

News of the long-delayed deal came after both countries had set a £65 billion trade and investment target for the coming years, broadening a trading relationship built on defence and security.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Iran-allied rebels in Yemen since 2015 in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people and driven the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.

Then they signed two memoranda and arrangements for strengthening defense capabilities and deepening cooperation and partnership through the transfering and localization of technology, industrial partnership, training, research and development and technical consultation in line with the Kingdom Vision 2030.

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"If agreed, this shameful deal will be celebrated in the palaces of Riyadh and by the arms companies who will profit from it, but it will mean even greater destruction for the people of Yemen", said Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Save the Children's chief executive Kevin Watkins warned Saudi Arabia is targeting children in the brutal war in Yemen with a "growing sense of impunity". It pits Saudi Arabia's Sunni Muslim monarchy against Yemen's Houthi rebel movement, which is backed by Shiite Muslim power Iran.

"The fact that you can rape, murder, kidnap, bomb schools, bomb clinics with no outcome, speaks I think to the heart of the deeper challenge that we are addressing today".

Before his visit, the 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed had emphasised the importance of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia regarding security.

The crown prince was treated to a private dinner with the Prime Minister at Chequers on Thursday night and has also met with the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge.

But she has also raised concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with the Crown Prince during his visit.

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