Integrated Mideast Defence System Still Only an Idea, says U.S. Official

July 29, 2022


A senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday that there was no framework yet for an integrated Middle East air and missile defense system but that the United States believes there is potential for a multilateral regional approach for security.

“It’s an idea right now, there’s no framework for it … but it was important for the president to raise the issue of better regional integrated air and missile defence,” said the administration official, who declined to be named.

“We think, particularly given the increasing threat of Iran’s ballistic missiles, there’s great promise here in having a more networked, more integrated, more cooperative approach to air missile defense.”

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