May 20, 2017 / 2:11 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. official says nearly $110 billion worth of military deals inked with Saudi Arabia

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) and his delegation, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L), Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (3rd L), senior advisor Jared Kushner and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn sit down to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Saudi delegation at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.Jonathan Ernst

RIYADH (Reuters) - The United States on Saturday announced military deals worth nearly $110 billion (84.3 billion pounds), during a visit by President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia.

A White House official said Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would attend the signing of a memorandum of intent on a package of defence equipment and services to bolster the security of the kingdom and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats.

"This package demonstrates, in the clearest terms possible, the United States’ commitment to our partnership with Saudi Arabia and our Gulf partners, while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. defence industrial base," a statement said.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Sami Aboudi; editing by Andrew Roche

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