- In January 2018, the Trump Administration banned any kind of defense cooperation from Pakistan.
- Trump and Imran met on 22 July, after which it was decided to provide help for the F-16 program
Washington. Five days after US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met, the Pentagon approved a $ 125 million (Rs 860 crore) agreement on Friday. Under this, the support staff will be provided for 24-hour monitoring of American Pak fighter aircraft F-16 program.
In fact, the Trump administration had banned Pakistan in January 2018 on the issue of granting defense assistance. This decision has been upheld. Only after the meeting of both the leaders has come a change that the US technical staff will give 60 representatives to keep an eye on Pakistan’s F-16 program, which will be contract-based.
Notification issued- Pentagon
The External Affairs Ministry spokesman said: The proposed decision completely provides foreign policy and US national security through American technology. Pakistan will be provided with the same technical security team as per the prospects.
According to the statement, Pakistan had urged the US government to maintain the technical support service regularly. Under this, the F-16 program of Pakistan will receive technical and logistic support services on the US government, contract.
US will also give military aid to India
The US administration has given permission for the decision to provide support teams to India’s C-17 military transport aircraft. This deal is more than 670 million dollars (about Rs. 4600 crore). Its purpose is to strengthen Indian defense facilities in the Indo-Pacific region. In fact, India had put the demand for buying C-17 resources in front of the United States. It includes training including spare and repair parts.