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Pompeo: UK-US relations not at risk over Huawei decision

LONDON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the relationship between the U.K. and the U.S. “is not at risk” over Londons decision to give Chinas Huawei a role in Britains 5G network.

At an event in London, Pompeo said the U.K. remains “a partner and a friend” and the two countries “deep and complex” bilateral relationship allows the U.S. administration to raise concerns.

“It is powerful to know that I have a colleague across the table or across the ocean to whom I can say, heres how America sees this, lets work together to solve this,'” Pompeo said, speaking next to the U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

“Our relationship is not at risk by having gone to our partner and said hey, would you guys think about X, Y or Z — or one of the hundreds of issues where two nations interact and work together,” he said.

On Tuesday, the British government decided to give Huawei a limited role in the rollout of 5G in the U.K., arguing that banning the firm outright would delay the network by up to three years. The Chinese company would be banned from access to sensitive data but supply the “edge” of the system, such as antennae.

“The decision was made on Tuesday. Im confident we can work together to implement that decision and work to get this right,” Pompeo said at the London event, organized by the Policy Exchange think tank.

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