United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Washington Yousef Al-Otaiba considers that the announcement made by US President Joe Biden's administration regarding halting arms sales to the Emirates andÂ Saudi Arabia was to be expected.
This came in a statement published by the UAE embassy in the US, on Wednesday, in which Al-Otaiba stated: "The UAE will work closely with the Biden administration on a comprehensive approach to peace and stability in the Middle East."
He added: "As in previous transitional stages, the UAE expected a review of current policies by the new US administration, specifically the F-35 (combat aircraft) package, which is much more than just selling military equipment to a partner."
The UAEÂ diplomat pointed out that the purchased weapons would play a "deterrent role", adding: "Like the United States,Â arms allow the UAE to maintain a strong deterrent strategy against aggressions in parallel with the new dialogue and security cooperation, as it helps to reassure regional partners."
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has confirmed that the ministry is reviewing suspended arms sales after the new administration announced that it would halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This is due to the ministry conducting a broader review of the agreements worth billions of dollars concluded by the Donald Trump administration.
Blinken confirmed that the review aims to: "Make sure that what is being considered is something that advances our strategic objectives, and advances our foreign policy."
Last week, Reuters reported that Trump signed an agreement to sell advanced fighter aircraftÂ to Abu Dhabi, hours before Biden's inauguration on 20 January.