The UAE and the F-35: US Officials' Reactions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The US wants to “make sure we are delivering the equipment [the UAE] needs to defend themselves from the... threat of the Islamic Republic” of Iran.

Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran

The UAE and Israel face the common enemy of Iran. We are going to continue enhancing UAE’s defense posture in a way that preserves our security commitments to Israel.

David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel

Ultimately, under the right circumstances, both the US and Israel would benefit greatly from having a strong ally situated across the Strait of Hormuz from Iran.

Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, US Department of State

With respect to the F-35 or any military hardware or infrastructure, I keep reminding people that it is important to know that the UAE and US’s military and security relationship is robust and has been there for decades. Since the Gulf War, the United States had sold military aircraft and hardware, F-16s, and others to the UAE.

This is not a new relationship; this is a sophisticated relationship that we have had for decades.” “There’s various discussions about the hardware elements, and aircraft, and other things that are on the table.

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