The deployment would include about 500 military personnel and is part of a boost in the number of US troops in the Middle East [Massoud Hossaini/AP]

The United States has authorised the deployment of military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon has said, as tensions in the Gulf mount over the US’s standoff with Iran, the kingdom’s archrival.

The Pentagon said in a statement on Friday that the move would provide “an additional deterrent” in the face of “emergent, credible threats” in the region.

The statement on Friday came after Saudi Arabia’s defence ministry confirmed that the kingdom would host US forces to boost regional security and stability.

“Based on mutual cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, and their

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