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UAE suspending F-35 discussions with US: ["Abraham Accords"], 14 Dec
50 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, 18 MQ-9B: "The White House referred comment on the deal to the State Department."
[$23B:] Blinken says US ready to proceed with sale of F-35s to UAE, 15 Dec
A UAE official told Reuters on Tuesday that the nation would suspend talks over "technical requirements, sovereign operational restrictions, and cost/benefit analysis." The official added that the U.S. is still the UAE's "preferred provider" of the weapons and that discussions "may be reopened in the future."

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the sale could be impacted by the UAE's growing ties to China, which sparked concerns that Abu Dhai might allow China to access the technology.

by Cat on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 02:46:51 PM EST
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