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UAE Embassy responds to US Department of State regarding suspension of BlackBerry services in the UAE

WASHINGTON, DC (2 August 2010) – UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba today issued the following statement:

“The State Department’s comments today on the UAE’s announcement to suspend certain BlackBerry services from October 11 are disappointing and contradict the US Government’s own approach to telecommunications regulation. In fact, the UAE is asking for exactly the same regulatory compliance - and with the same principles of judicial and regulatory oversight - that BlackBerry grants the US and other Governments and nothing more. Importantly, the UAE requires the same compliance as the US for the very same reasons: to protect national security and to assist in law enforcement. It is regrettable that after several years of discussions, BlackBerry is still not compliant with UAE regulatory requirements even as it complies with similar policies in other countries.”


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