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UAE Says It’s Suspending F-35 Talks as U.S. Sticks to Conditions

  • Delegation from UAE will conduct talks at Pentagon Wednesday
  • Dispute concerns U.S. efforts to restrict Chinese technology
F-35A stealth fighter jet
F-35A stealth fighter jetPhotographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The United Arab Emirates said it’s suspending talks with the U.S. on a $23 billion deal to purchase F-35 jets and other weaponry even as a delegation from the Persian Gulf nation prepares for strategic talks Wednesday at the Pentagon.

The developments underscore continued maneuvering over the Biden administration’s pressure for the UAE to remove Huawei Technologies Co. from its telecommunications network over the next four years and take other steps to distance itself from China. It also follows the UAE’s moves to purchase French fighters.