US won’t subsidize F-16 fighter jets sale to Pakistan: John Kirby
WASHINGTON (92 News) – The United States has on Tuesday confirmed media reports that it will not subsidize the proposed sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
US state department spokesperson John Kirby said that Pakistan will have to finance the purchase of F-16 fighter jets itself after members of the US Congress objected to the use of government funds to pay for them.
John Kirby said that congressional opposition meant funds from the US government’s Foreign Military Financing allocation could not be used to purchase the aircraft. “Given congressional objections, we have told the Pakistanis that they should put forward national funds for that purpose,” he added.
Kirby said the State Department opposed putting conditions on the use of such funds and believed that effective engagement with Pakistan, including by supporting its counter-terrorism effort, was “critical” to promoting democracy and economic stability in the country.
The US government said in February it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp LMT.N, as well as radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million.