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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh opens its wallet to cement US support against Iran

The $110bn worth of defence deals signed between Saudi Arabia and the United States on 20 May during Donald Trump’s visit to the kingdom are an expression of Riyadh’s concerted effort to give the US president something he could present as a triumph to his domestic audience while drawing the US closer to Riyadh. The deal-making represents an important fillip to the American defence industry following a period when Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, have appeared intent on diversifying their supplier base away from long-standing Western providers.

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