Negotiations on deal to sell Rafale warplanes to UAE could still be on
Deal thrown in doubt after Abu Dhabi's crown prince called proposed 60 jet contract 'uncompetitive'
Negotiations between the UAE and France for the purchase of 60 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault are ongoing, a French source close to the deal said on Wednesday (AFP/Getty Images - image for illustrative purposes only) The deal, which has been in the works since 2008, was thrown into doubt earlier in the day when Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed (above) called the proposed terms 'uncompetitive and unworkable' (AFP/Getty Images) 'The negotations continue, there is no failure,' the Reuters source said. 'It is part of the negotiating process ... The United Arab Emirates is trying to include the Eurofighter to negotiate the price' (AFP/Getty Images) The Eurofighter - partially built by Britain's BAE systems and France's EADS - is also a fighter jet (Image for illustrative purposes) On Wednesday, Sheikh Mohamed said the French president's Nicolas Sarkozy's personal intervention had kept Dassault at the forefront of considerations and that 'he could not have done more diplomatically or politically to secure the Rafale deal' (AFP/Getty Images) UAE and its Gulf neighbors share the West's concerns that Iran is using its nuclear energy program to develop weapons, a charge Tehran has denied (AFP/Getty Images) UAE is also in talks to buy Lockheed Martin's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, an advanced missile defense system (AFP/Getty Images) Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed (left)