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KUWAIT, (Agencies) – Kuwait plans to buy anti-missile Patriot systems from the United States as part of a military aid package announced by Washington in July, the Gulf Arab state’s defence minister said. “Kuwait has deals (with the United States) but that does not include aircraft,” Sheikh Jaber al-Hamad al-Sabah told the official news agency KUNA late of Friday when asked to comment on possible arms deals with the U.S. “It will be equipment such as watercraft and anti-missile systems such as Patriot missiles,” he added, without giving any details.

The United States in July announced military aid packages worth more than $43 billion for main Middle East allies, mainly Israel and Egypt, to bolster them against Iran.

The United States accuses Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapon under the guise of a civilian atomic programme. Iran denies the charges.

The Standoff has provoked concerns that the Gulf region is headed for another war.

Kuwait, which was the launchpad for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, said last month it would not allow its territory to be used for any attack on Iran.