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Top Biden Officials Plan Mideast Trip Over Iran, F-35 Concerns

  • McGurk, Chollet to lead visit to four nations later this week
  • Mideast allies see worrying signals from Biden’s early months

The Biden administration is sending a team of senior officials to the Middle East this week as the president seeks to ease allies’ concerns over Iranian nuclear talks and address issues involving the United Arab Emirates’ planned purchase of the F-35 joint strike fighter.

The team of officials from the State Department, National Security Council and Defense Department will be led by NSC Middle East policy coordinator Brett McGurk and State Department counselor Derek Chollet, according to several people familiar with the plans. Tentative plans call for visiting Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Egypt and Jordan, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the trip isn’t public.