U.S. slashes foreign aid to Egypt
WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation's first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil.
While the State Department did not provide a dollar amount of what was being withheld, most of it is linked to military aid. In all, the United States provides $1.5 billion in aid each year to Egypt.
Officials said the aid being withheld included 10 Apache helicopters at a cost of about $500 million, F-16 fighter jets, M1A1 tank kits and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. About $260 million in cash assistance to the government will be frozen until “credible progress” is made toward an inclusive government set up through free and fair elections. Delivery of four F-16 fighter jets was canceled.
In Cairo, a military spokesman, Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, declined immediate comment.
Before the announcement, Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian military leader, described his country's relations with the United States as “strategic” and founded on mutual interests.
But he told the Cairo daily, Al-Masry al-Youm, in an interview published on Wednesday that Egypt would not tolerate pressure, “whether through actions or hints.”
Neighboring Israel also has indicated concern.
The Israelis consider the aid to Egypt to be important support for the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel.
The State Department stressed that the long-standing partnership with Egypt would continue and that it sees the aid decision as temporary. Still, the decision puts ties between the United States and Egypt at their rockiest point in more than three decades.
The United States will continue to provide support for health and education and counterterrorism, spare military parts, military training and education, border security and security assistance in the Sinai Peninsula where near-daily attacks against security forces and soldiers have increasingly resembled a full-fledged insurgency.
The officials providing the details did so only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment by name.
Other details about what military assistance is being cut were not immediately known, and the State Department declined to give an indication of how severe the impact of the cuts in assistance might be in Egypt.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Suspect in Colorado clinic attack Dear makes court appearance
- Storm dumps snow on Northern Plains
- Upstate New York town threatened by Arizona man in online post, reports say
- House majority leader predicts no government shutdown over Planned Parenthood
- New York City’s salt warning rule to take effect at chain restaurants
- ‘Homeland’ to hair: Emails peek into Hillary Clinton’s personal life