UAE shuts down construction at Chinese port facility near Abu Dhabi under US pressure, officials say

UAE shuts down construction at Chinese port facility near Abu Dhabi under US pressure, officials say

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered construction work at a Chinese port project near the capital Abu Dhabi to be halted under intense US pressure after American officials argued that Beijing intended to use the site for military purposes, a senior Emirati official says.

Anwar Gargash, a diplomatic adviser to the UAE’s leadership, said at a forum in Washington on Thursday that authorities ordered work stopped at the site at Washington’s behest following conversations with the White House.

“We stopped the work on the facilities,” Gargash said. “But our position remains the same, that the facilities were not military facilities.” He didn’t elaborate on what the UAE believed the facilities were to be used for.

The top UAE official noted that his country’s dialogue with the US on the issue had been “quite frank.”

Speaking at the same forum, Brett McGurk, National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East,…

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