UAE Suspends Discussions Of $23bn Weapons Deal With US

UAE Suspends Discussions Of $23bn Weapons Deal With US

Andrew H. Sweet

In a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, the embassy said the UAE would "suspend discussions" on the sale, while meetings at the Pentagon scheduled for later this week between the two sides on other issues would proceed as planned.

The Emirati embassy's statement comes days after the UAE agreed to buy a record 80 Rafale warplanes from France for $15.8bn during a visit by President Emmanuel Macron, indicating the oil-rich Gulf state has alternatives.

The Wall Street Journal newspaper, which first reported on the impasse on Tuesday, said that the U.S. insisted on conditions to make sure the F-35s would not be vulnerable to Chinese espionage.

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