Blinken says US ready to move forward with sale of F-35s, drones to UAE

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Blinken says US ready to move forward with sale of F-35s, drones to UAE
Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Blinken said Washington had to conduct some reviews.
By REUTERS
Published: DECEMBER 15, 2021

The United States is prepared to move forward with the sale of F-35 fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, after reports the UAE intended to suspend discussion of the deal. A UAE official on Tuesday told Reuters that it had informed the United States that it would suspend discussions to acquire F-35 fighter jets, part of a $23 billion deal that includes drones and other advanced munitions.

The official cited "technical requirements, sovereign operational restrictions, and cost/benefit analysis" as reasons that have prompted a re-assessment of the deal by the UAE government. The UAE had signed an agreement to purchase 50 F-35 jets and up to 18 armed drones, people familiar with the situation told Reuters in January. Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Blinken said Washington had to conduct some reviews.

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