F-35 Sale Could Go Through Once the U.A.E. Meets U.S. Obligations

The United States aims to move forward with the sale of 50 F-25 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates but the State Department says there must be a clear understanding of Emirati obligations before the deal finalizes. The deal was signed by former President Donald Trump in his final days at the office, but put on hold by his successor Joe Biden because of the concern surrounding UAE’s relations with China.

Although the State Department did not reveal what the Emirati obligations were, it is a strong possibility that they focus on the US concerns about Huawei’s involvement in the country’s 5G network.

The U.S. also pushes the U.A.E. on commitments regarding how and where the systems could be used once delivered. It could be viewed by the U.A.E. as a breach on its sovereignty.

Other than Huawei’s involvement in the U.A.E.’s 5G network, the U.S. is also concerned about Chinese presence at the country’s naval ports and its offer of sensitive military technologies to the Gulf State.

The regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, said it would only assess an application after a transfer of major assets and budgets for staffing to a German subsidiary.

“A certification for the operation of Nord Stream 2 will only be considered once the operator is organised in a legal shape compliant with German law,” it said.

Once these preconditions had been met, it said it could continue assessing the submission in the rest of the four-month application period. Before the suspension, that period was meant to run until early January.

The regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, said it would only assess an application after a transfer of major assets and budgets for staffing to a German subsidiary.

“A certification for the operation of Nord Stream 2 will only be considered once the operator is organised in a legal shape compliant with German law,” it said.

Once these preconditions had been met, it said it could continue assessing the submission in the rest of the four-month application period. Before the suspension, that period was meant to run until early January.

The regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, said it would only assess an application after a transfer of major assets and budgets for staffing to a German subsidiary.

“A certification for the operation of Nord Stream 2 will only be considered once the operator is organised in a legal shape compliant with German law,” it said.

Once these preconditions had been met, it said it could continue assessing the submission in the rest of the four-month application period. Before the suspension, that period was meant to run until early January.

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