King Fahd says his country will not put ideology in the way of defense needs and will buy weapons from any supplier of top-notch arms who is willing to do business.

"If matters become snarled with a certain country, we find other countries, whether they are Eastern or Western, and we buy arms and we do not buy ideology," Fahd said in a statement distributed Tuesday."We shall not hesitate to acquire the arms we need from any country in the world on condition that they be among the best available," he said.

The kingdom, a longtime U.S. customer, has been prevented from buying some American sophisticated weapons because of the pro-Israeli lobby in Washington, which has claimed the sales would threaten Israel's security.