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AMERICAN flags, Huawei, 5G network, with concerns about the safety and security of Gulf allies

DUBAI (reuters) – The United States has raised its concerns with the Gulf allies about a possible danger to the safety and security in the use of Smartphone technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure, officials in the u.s. said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: mobile phone Huawei logo is pictured at the IFA consumer tech trade show in Berlin, Germany, on September 5, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

Washington has been warning the allies against the Chinese company’s equipment, which it says presents a security risk, but has so far largely been made public, comments from the European union member states.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the U.S. allegations, which were raised last week during a visit to the fcc Chair Ajit Pai to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and saudi arabia, all of which, with the aid of the device.

“We shared a message about the importance of securing the 5G technology, and the use of risk-based security framework,” by Robert Strayer, the united states Department of state’s deputy assistant secretary for cyber, an international communications and information policy, said on Thursday.

Washington says the Smartphone could be used by Beijing, and has threatened to cut off exchanges with the countries in which the use of the equipment. In China, and Huawei is denying the claims.

Bahrain is the home base of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, and the united arab emirates, hosts of American soldiers in support of U.S. military operations in the region. Washington has said it plans to station soldiers in Saudi Arabia, as part of a wider implementation within the region.

“We believe that with the use of a security-based framework, you would end up with the exception of the Huawei mobile from the deployment of 5G,” Strayer, who is with a few minutes to visit the region, told reporters in a telephone briefing.

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, told Reuters in March that Huawei had failed to meet the Gulf state’s standards, and that it did not have any problems.

Kingdom of saudi arabia and the UAE officials have not commented on the US-Huawei issue. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Emiratis believe that they will be able to manage the risk.

Kingdom of saudi Arabia, the united arab emirates (uae) and saudi arabia also have the use of 5 g of the equipment are made by other technology companies, which is Less than said showed that Huawei was not the only option for countries that want to take a leading role in the roll-out of next-generation 5G mobile networks.

“I think it is … important to our allies in the Gulf to be heard,” Pai said.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Alexander Smith

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