U.S.-Egypt relations in 'turmoil' after aid suspended
By The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
CAIRO — Egypt's foreign minister said on Wednesday that relations between his country and the United States are in “turmoil” because of Washington's decision to suspend delivery of tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to Egypt.
The suspension, announced last week, was made in response to the unrest as a result of the July 3 military coup that ousted Mohamed Morsy, Egypt's first freely elected president, and that led to the deaths of hundreds in police crackdowns.
In an interview with state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper, Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said that there is “unrest in relations” between the two countries, warning that the strain could affect the whole Middle East region. The interview was published on Wednesday.
However, Fahmy said he was “not worried about this turmoil in relations,” because it's also a chance for the two to “better evaluate their relationship in the future.”
The Obama administration's decision to cut off military aid was meant as a warning that it no longer can be “business as usual” with Cairo, as President Obama put it.
In announcing the decision, the State Department did not say how much of the $1.5 billion in annual military and economic aid to Egypt was affected. It held up the delivery of Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets, M1A1 Abrams tank kits and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
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.
- Teen’s death revives Turkish street demonstrations
- Malaysian military says missing jet changed course
- Western Pennsylvania engineer aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight
- ‘Chavistas’ mark year since leader’s death
- Israelis kill Jordanian judge at border checkpoint
- Investigation into missing Malaysia flight centers on 2 men who boarded with stolen passports
- Ukraine control of bases erodes
- Ukraine’s Crimea seeks to become independent state
- Quebec legislature dissolved; election set
- Investigators chase ‘every angle’ in missing Malaysian jet
- Ukraine control of bases erodes