Biden administration proceeding with $23bln weapon sales to UAE

A State Department spokesperson said the administration intended to move forward with the proposed sales to the UAE

  
U.S. Air Force F-35A aircraft, from the 388th and 428th Fighter Wings, form up in an "elephant walk" during an exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, U.S. January 6, 2020. Picture taken January 6, 2020. U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw/Handout via REUTERS. Image used for illustrative purpose.

U.S. Air Force F-35A aircraft, from the 388th and 428th Fighter Wings, form up in an "elephant walk" during an exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, U.S. January 6, 2020. Picture taken January 6, 2020. U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw/Handout via REUTERS. Image used for illustrative purpose.

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has told Congress it is proceeding with $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment, congressional aides said on Tuesday.

A State Department spokesperson said the administration intended to move forward with the proposed sales to the UAE, "even as we continue reviewing details and consulting with Emirati officials" related to the use of the weapons.

The Democratic president's administration had paused the deals agreed to by former Republican President Donald Trump in order to review them.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool) ((patricia.zengerle@thomsonreuters.com, www.twitter.com/ReutersZengerle; 001-202-898-8390;))

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