US sale to Saudi sends 'strong message' to Gulf: US
The US sale of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia sends a "strong message" that Washington is committed to the Gulf's security, a senior US official said Thursday, amid rising tensions with Iran.
"It will enhance Saudi Arabia's ability to deter and defend against external threats to its sovereignty," Andrew Shapiro, a senior State Department official, told reporters. by Samer al-Atrush (c) 2011 AFP
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