With Donald Trump signing $23.37 billion deal to sell 50 F-35 Lightning II jets as well as 18 MQ-9 Reaper drones and munitions to the United Arab Emirates as he left the White House, there had been speculation that the new Democrat administration may overturn it. On Wednesday the US opted to review the deal. While this is a normal thing for arms contracts during administration transitions there are questions over which way the review will fall.
India however is celebrating the firm order for its Tejas fighter aircraft for the beleaguered Indian Air Force.
The impact of the withdrawal of US military from Somalia is also a discussion point from the programme’s guests.
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