London can work with Huawei without compromising its relations with Washington

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The Director of the British Internal Intelligence Service, “MI5”, Andrew Parker stressed that the government can work with the Chinese company “Huawei” in the field of the fifth generation of the Internet without causing harm to its relations with the American intelligence services.

The comments came on the back of speculation that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may soon approve Huawei’s participation in the British mobile network.

The United States is putting pressure on European countries, including the United Kingdom, to exclude Huawei, citing the company’s ties to the Chinese government and that its equipment could be used for espionage purposes, which Huawei has long denied.

In response to a question about the potential damage to intelligence relations with Washington, the head of the British Internal Intelligence Service said in an interview with the Financial Times that he “has no reason today to think about that.”

Collaboration exists especially through the Five Eyes coalition, which includes the intelligence services of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“We have a long and close relationship with the United States on security and sharing intelligence and that will continue,” a British Prime Minister’s spokesman said Monday.

He confirmed a meeting between US and British officials in the areas of national security and communications.

Earlier, the British press reported that an American delegation had arrived in London in order to persuade the British government not to deal with Huawei.

Britain has repeatedly postponed its decision on Huawei, especially because of the legislative elections in December. However, according to the British press, this decision is imminent and may take place this month.

“The government continues to reflect on its position on suppliers,” a government spokesman told AFP, adding that “a decision will be taken in due course.”

Johnson had confirmed in early December, that is, before the elections in which he won a great victory, the importance of intelligence relations with the United States, pointing at the same time that the United Kingdom does not oppose foreign investment.

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