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SOURCE: API

The US government has approved the sale of spare parts for a fleet of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, reversing a decision made by Trump to suspend security aid to Islamabad. Donald Lu, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asian Affairs said the US government supports defence equipment that they provide to a country. This support is limited to spare parts or maintenance. The US proposes to provide servicing so that their airplane meet air safety standards.

Lu emphasized that the program India is questioning is meant to maintain and keep their aircraft safe, not offer more capabilities or new weapons.

The fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft with Pakistan is made up of very old aircraft. Some are more than 40 years old, making them a safety concern.