US State Department says Europe is the message on Huawei

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Huawei is pictured on the front of the German headquarters of the Chinese telecommunications giant in Dusseldorf, Germany, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang rattay/File Photo

BARCELONA (Reuters) – the European governments appear to be receptive to the idea that chinese Huawei poses security risks to telecommunications networks, a senior U.s. cyber official said Tuesday.

“We highlight the inherent risks… in particular with Huawei,” Robert L. Strayer, the AMERICAN Ministry of foreign affairs, ambassador for cyber and international communications, told reporters at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Strayer said that people in Europe were getting the message, but: “At the end of the day, each government and the operator has to make his own decisions.”

An AMERICAN delegation is attending the wireless stock market to convince the Europeans to follow the AMERICAN lead in shunning Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecom equipment, which is competing for the next generation 5G mobile network contracts.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs and Isla Binnie; Writing by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Keith Weir

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