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Kuwait MPs approve extra $10 bn for arms

Kuwaiti MPs take part in a parliament session at Kuwait's National Assembly in Kuwait City on January 13, 2016Kuwait’s parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a request by the oil-rich Gulf state’s government for $10 billion in additional funds for military spending during the next 10 years. Defence Minister Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah said the money, which is to be placed in a special fund outside the budget, would be used to purchase new fighter jets, tanks and air defence systems. Sheikh Khaled said it was time to modernise the army’s weapons since existing ones were bought more than two decades ago.

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