Andrew Shapiro
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US confirms $60bn Saudi arms plan

US officials have confirmed they intend to sell $60bn (£38bn) of arms to Saudi Arabia, including helicopters and jets.

The state department said details of the deal had been sent to Congress, which now has 30 days to object.

If completed, it could be the most lucrative single arms deal in US history and could support 75,000 jobs.

Announcing the plan, state department official Andrew Shapiro said it had a "tremendous significance from a strategic regional perspective".

  • 20 Oct 2010