The White House has temporarily put a freeze on arms deals negotiated under the Trump administration with several Middle Eastern nations, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The State Department has not confirmed which countries will see arms deal freezes, but a report by the Wall Street Journal Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are expected to be among the nations affected.
The U.S. and the UAE entered into a $23 billion deal late last year that would provide the Middle Eastern nation with 50 F-35 jets and 18 armed drones, along with other security equipment. The agreement followed the normalization of diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE in August
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