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The arms sale “will send a strong message to countries in the region that we are committed to support the security of our key partners and allies in the Arabian Gulf and broader Middle East,” Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political military affairs, told reporters in announcing the sale.

“It’s a dangerous neighborhood … and we want to ensure that they have the tools that they need to be able to defend themselves against all manner of threats in the — in the region,” Mr. Shapiro said, noting that the threat is not “solely about Iran.”