The United Arab Emirates is still in talks with both BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation over the possible multi-billion-dollar purchase of fighter jets, a spokesman for a major UAE defence organisation said on Monday.

Speaking at the biennial IDEX defence conference in Abu Dhabi, Obadi al-Ketbi, chairman of IDEX’s organising committee, was asked if there was any progress since the previous event in 2013 on talks with both companies.

“Talks are still going on, no update,” Ketbi told reporters at a media event on the sidelines of the conference. […]