Kerry defends sale of F-16 jets to Pakistan

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WASHINGTON – The US Secretary of State John Kerry while testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday defended United States plans to sell F-16 jets to Pakistan.

Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sharply questioned US plans to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, questioning Pakistani actions he described as threatening US troops as they try to stabilize Afghanistan.

Responding to Senator Bob Corker remarks, John Kerry said that the issue is complicated and I understand your reservations about it.

John Kerry further said that Pakistan also has been an ally and its military has been deeply engaged in the fight against terrorism.

The US government on February 12 had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million.

Lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale and Corker has made clear he has doubts about it.

2016-02-24

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