[size=36]US official: Saudi Arabia paid the first 500 million dollars for the deployment of our forces[/size]
, a US official revealed that Saudi Arabia paid about $ 500 million last month to the United States as a first installment of compensation for the costs of the American forces present in the country, according to "CNN".
This came after the Pentagon and earlier this week could not confirm whether any sums had been paid, despite US President Donald Trump's statement that Riyadh "has already deposited a billion dollars in a bank account of the United States."
CNN quoted Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Reparish as saying, "In line with the President's directives to increase the burden sharing of partners, the Ministry of Defense has included Saudi Arabia in sharing the cost of these deployments (of US forces), which support regional security and prevent hostilities." The Saudi government has agreed to help ensure the cost of these activities, and has made the first contribution. "
"Discussions are under way to formalize a mechanism for future contributions that offsets the cost of deployments," the spokeswoman said.
CNN reported that the Saudi embassy in Washington did not respond to its request for comment.
The United States has deployed thousands of additional forces and missile defense batteries in Saudi Arabia, in response to what the Pentagon officials consider a growing threat from Iran.
The money paid by Saudi Arabia covers the total costs of deploying troops, as well as combat aircraft and "Patriot" defensive missile batteries to protect Saudi oil installations from Iranian missile and aircraft attacks.
Publications began after the Saudis described Iranian attacks on Aramco's oil facilities in September 2019. Ended / 29 / h