Washington has warned its Gulf allies of security risks for Huawei’s 5G technology, according to US officials. While Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have yet to comment on the crisis between Washington and Huawei, Bahrain says the company “is not of concern”.
The United States has warned Gulf allies of potential security risks in using Huawei technology in their 5G network infrastructure, US officials said on Thursday.
“We share … a message about the importance of securing 5G technology and implementing risk-related security measures,” said Robert Strayar, deputy assistant secretary of state for international communications and information policy.
Washington has warned its allies against using the Chinese company’s equipment, which it says poses security risks, but has so far sent most of its public comments to European countries.
Huawei has repeatedly denied the US allegations, which were raised again last week during a visit by US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Bay to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, where the three countries use Huawei equipment.
“We believe that when a framework is implemented based on security considerations, we will end up excluding Huawei from 5G networks,” Robert Strear, who accompanied Bay on his visit to the region, told reporters by telephone.
Washington says Beijing may exploit Huawei and has threatened to end intelligence sharing with countries that use the company’s equipment, while China and Huawei deny the allegations.
The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, while the UAE hosts US soldiers supporting US military operations in the region.
In March, Bahrain’s Communications Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed told that Huawei had met his country’s standards and that Bahrain had no concerns.
Saudi and UAE officials have not commented on the problem between the United States and Huawei. An informed source told Reuters that Emiratis believe they can handle the risks.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are also using the 5G equipment produced by other technology companies, eBay said. Our allies in the Gulf hear that.