PressTV-Mideast accounted for over half of US arms sales in 2018

The Middle East accounted for more than half of all the United States arms sales last year, a senior Pentagon official has revealed, saying Washington seeks to increase the figure in the coming years.

Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, the Director of the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), said Monday that Middle Eastern countries purchased more than $30 billion worth of weapons and other US military products in the 2018 fiscal year out of the Pentagon’s total $55 billion in foreign sales.

“Our products and services are the best in the world and we are not only hopeful, but will take every step and do everything possible, to ensure we remain a partner of choice in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and wider Middle East,” Hooper told the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the Emirati city of Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The DSCA operates under the US Department of Defense and is charged with brokering military…

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