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‘If we sell weapons, maintenance is also our responsibility’, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s clarification on F16 deal with Pakistan

Washington: The US has defended Pakistan’s decision to approve $450 million in financial assistance to maintain a fleet of F-16 fighter jets, saying the planes should be used to enhance Islamabad’s ability to deal with “obvious” terrorist threats. It is “our obligation” to provide military equipment to ensure ‘maintenance’. Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden, overturning former President Donald Trump’s decision, approved $450 million in financial assistance to Pakistan to maintain a fleet of F-16 fighter jets.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who was on a visit to America, questioned this decision. In response to questions on the issue, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “It is related to maintenance for the long-standing F-16 with Pakistan. There is nothing new in this, but what is with it (Pakistan) is being maintained. It is our responsibility and obligation to maintain the military equipment that we provide. It is our responsibility.”
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