The UK is expected to make its final decision on whether Huawei will build its national 5G infrastructure later this month.
Subsequently, the US is making one last attempt to urge the UK to ban the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties.
Huawei has continuously faced multiple allegations regarding its equipment being used to spy on, to which Huawei has repeatedly denied all allegations.
According to Reuters, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to meet with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Washington later today.
Washington also planned to send a delegation, including deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger, to meet with British officials this week however the trip was cancelled due to bad weather, sources said.
In May last year, Pompeo stressed the importance of the US protecting its UK operations from security risks, stating:
“The US has an obligation to ensure that places where we operate, places where American information is, places where we have our national security at risk, that they operate inside trusted networks and that is what we will do.”
Just last month, legislation was passed in the US which included mild threats to restrict intelligence-sharing with allies utilising Huawei equipment.
An individual with knowledge of the British government’s position on Huawei explained that Washington is seen to be “cocking the pistol.” The person added: “what’s unclear is how, when or indeed if it will actually be fired.”
Last year, former UK Prime Minister held discussions with the National Security Council about Huawei working on the UK’s 5G mobile network – a decision which resulted in the former defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, being sacked for allegedly leaking discussions.
A UK government spokesman said: “The security and resilience of the UK’s telecoms networks is of paramount importance. The government continues to consider its position on high-risk vendors and a decision will be made in due course.”
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