Special to WorldTribune.com
Leaders of the Gulf Arab states are seeking security and weapons technology agreements from the White House to preserve their military edge in the region as a major U.S. strategic agreement with Iran looms, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Israel has a similar agreement with the United States relative to the same Arab states.
The discussions are taking place in advance of a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama and representatives of the Persian Gulf states.
On their wish list are drones, missile defense systems and additional fighter jets including the advanced F-35 Joint Strike aircraft.
The Arab states also plan to press Obama for security agreements that would provide for U.S. intervention should Iran’s threat become critical, the report said.