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White House informs Congress of plans to sell F-35s to UAE

WASHINGTON — The United States has agreed to sell top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates in light of its recognition of Israel, potentially shifting the regional power balance, a lawmaker says.

US President Donald Trump’s administration informally gave a required notification to Congress on the sale, which could “significantly change the military balance in the Gulf and affect Israel’s military edge,” says Representative Eliot Engel, a Democrat who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

According to Reuters, the White House told Congress it plans to sell 50 F-35s to the UAE.

— with AFP

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