US decides to sell F-16s to Pakistan, India disappointed

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Indian government on Sunday said it was disappointed over the US administration’s decision to sell eight F16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that it disagreed with the rationale that that such arms’ transfers will help combat terrorism.

The MEA statement said, “We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan. We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism.

“The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself. The US Ambassador will be summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs to convey our displeasure.”

According to a PTI report, the Obama administration on Friday had notified the US Congress of its decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan worth nearly $700 million.

The decision had come amidst American lawmakers’ demand for stopping the proposed sale.

The estimated cost of the sale is USD 699.4 million, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency a wing of the Pentagon – said in a statement, adding that this proposed sale will contribute to the ‘US foreign policy objectives and national security goals by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner in South Asia.’

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is likely to summon US Ambassador Richard Verma to convey India’s “displeasure.”

 

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