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Blinken says U.S. ready to move forward with sale of F-35s, drones to UAE

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The United States is prepared to move forward with the sale of F-35 fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, after reports the UAE intended to suspend discussion of the deal. A UAE official on Tuesday told Reuters that it had informed the United States that it would suspend discussions to acquire F-35 fighter jets, part of a $23 billion deal that includes drones and other advanced munitions. The official cited “technical requirements, sovereign operational restrictions, and cost/benefit analysi…

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