The White House has agreed to assess the United Arab Emiratesâ request to begin discussions on the Middle Eastern countryâs plan to buy Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jets from the U.S. government, Defense News reported Saturday.
President Donald Trumpâs plan to consider UAEâs request for a classified briefing over F-35s deviates from the Obama administrationâs Qualitative Military Edge policy with Israel.
QME seeks to provide military assistance and weapons systems to Israel to help the country build up its national defense against regional threats on a unilateral basis.
The report said the plan to consider talks with UAE also reflects the U.S. governmentâs intent to honor the U.S.-UAE Defense Cooperation AgreementÂ signed in May.
âThe Trump team has agreed to consider the request,â a former Defense Department official told Defense News.
âItâs not a âyesâ yet, but Iâm pretty sure itâs going to happen once the dust settles,âÂ added the official, who was alluding to the rift between Qatar and other Middle Eastern countries such as UAE, Bahrain andÂ Saudi Arabia.