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Report: White House Eyes Approval of Missile, F-16 Sale to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

The White House looks to approve a proposed $300 million foreign military sale of precision-guided missile package to Saudi Arabia and a potential multibillion dollar order for F-16 aircraft from Bahrain, The Washington Times reported Wednesday.

A U.S. government official told The Times the approval of both transactions would be “significant” sales for two of key Gulf-area U.S. allies that currently face security threats and support the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

“Whereas the Obama administration held back on these, they’re now in the new administration’s court for a decision — and I would anticipate the decision will be to move forward,” the official added, according to the report.

The report said former President Barack Obama previously blocked the transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain over human rights concerns.

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