US Congress Approves End-Use Monitoring F-16 Sales Worth $125m to Pak, Freeze in Security Assistance Continues

The Pentagon notified the US Congress on Friday of a decision to approve military sales worth $125 million that would result in end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan.

The notification comes after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House.

A PTI report from Washington said US officials had clarified that the freeze in security assistance to Pakistan on Trump’s direction in place since January 2018, was still in force. The latest decision would help in assigning some 60 contractors to Pakistan to help in end-use monitoring of F-16 fighter jets in that country.

“There has been no change to the security assistance suspension announced by the President in January 2018. As the President reiterated this week, we could consider the restoration of certain security assistance programmes consistent with the broader tenor of our relationship,” a state department spokesperson told PTI.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by protecting American technology through the continued presence of US personnel that provide 24×7 end-use monitoring,” he said.

The clarification followed a statement from the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency that said “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for Technical Security Team (TST) in continued support of the F-16 programme for an estimated cost of $125 million.”

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