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UAE ambassador claims no truth to F-35 and MQ-9 sales suspension

2nd February 2021 - 17:45 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Will a deal for F-35 jets and MQ-9 drones to the UAE come to pass?

A diplomat from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said it is ‘false’ to claim that FMS deals have been frozen for up to 50 F-35A fighter jets and as many as 18 MQ-9 Reaper UAVs.

Various media reports stated on 27 January that the Biden administration decided to suspend the deals pending a review, but that is ‘absolutely not true,’ according to Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the US.

‘The inaccuracy in the headline[s] was that the UAE sales are being frozen, which is false,’ he said during a 1 February Washington Institute virtual event. ‘That

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