The US will carry out 24x7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan
WASHINGTON: Days after the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pentagon notified the US Congress on Friday of its decision to approve military sales worth USD 125 million that would result in 24x7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan.
US officials asserted that the freeze in security assistance to Pakistan on Donald Trump's direction since January 2018 is still in place and the latest decision would help it in 24x7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets in that country as this would require the assignment of 60 contractor representatives there to assist in the oversight of the F-16 programme.
"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 news agency Press Trust of India.