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US clears air on support package for Pak's F-16, says 'it was a sustenance package'

On the F-16 deal with Pakistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that this is a sustained programme for F16s that Pakistan has long had. India had objected to about USD 450 million support package for Pak's F-16 fighter jets. Blinken said that it was a 'sustenance' package to ensure that the defence equipment supplied to Islamabad was properly maintained. He said, 'We have a responsibility and obligation to whomever we provide military equipment to, that it's maintained and sustained'.

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