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Pompeo: $8.1 billion arms sales to Arab allies to 'deter Iranian aggression'

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the US administration was bypassing Congress to sell $8.1 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan to "deter Iranian aggression."


"These sales will support our allies, enhance Middle East stability and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from Iran," Pompeo said in a statement, hours after a senator announced the sale and sharply criticized it.

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