US Secretary of State to ink $2.1bn deal
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, has been in Oman for a two-day visit to reportedly sign a huge defence deal involving an American-made air defence system.
Kerry flew into Muscat on Tuesday as part of his whirlwind Middle East tour and was greeted by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said at Bait al Barakah, before discussions were held on a range of issues.
Part of this was said to be a substantial deal for the U.S. to supply the Sultanate with a ground-based air defence system made by a company in Kerry’s home state of Massachusetts. Reports in the American media suggested it could be worth in excess $2.1bn.
In December 2011, Oman placed a $600 million order to buy 12 U.S F-16 fighter jets.
Kerry is due to travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah today (Thursday) to meet the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, where British foreign secretary, William Hague, will join him.