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Tillerson: Saudi Arms Deal Meant to Counter Iranian Influence

An arms deal worth nearly $110 billion that Saudi Arabia and the United States signed Saturday is meant to counter Iran’s “malign” influence in the region, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Speaking at a joint briefing in Riyadh with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Tillerson said the defense package was meant to help in the “long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the entire Gulf region.” The deal was signed, Tillerson said, “in the face of...

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