Saudi king approves hosting US troops to enhance regional security: Report

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 20, 2019, 10.09 AM(IST)

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The US Defence Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it would deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to "provide an additional deterrent" in the face of "emergent, credible threats."

Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved hosting US forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, news agency Reuters reported quoting the state news agency (SPA) on Friday.

The US Defence Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it would deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to "provide an additional deterrent" in the face of "emergent, credible threats."

The development comes amid escalating tensions between US and Iran in the Gulf that have impacted global oil markets. 

On Friday, Iran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, but denied Trump's claim that US Navy has shot down an Iranian drone. 

The decision on hosting US forces aims "to increase joint cooperation in defence of regional security and stability and to preserve its peace" SPA said, quoting a Ministry of Defence official, without giving further details.

Te deployment would include about 500 US military personnel in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a boost in the number of US troops in the Middle East that the Pentagon announced last month.

In June, the Pentagon said it would deploy 1,000 troops to the Middle East but did not say where they were going.

Relations between Washington and Tehran worsened last year when President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

(With inputs from Reuters)