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Kerry expects release of US military aid to Egypt 'very soon'

US Secretary of State John Kerry is attending the Economic Development Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh

Ahram Online , Saturday 14 Mar 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Sharm el-Sheikh March 14, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a presser Saturday on the sidelines of the Egyptian Economic Development Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh that he expects a decision on the release of US military aid to Egypt "very soon."
 
The US has withheld deliveries of 20 F-16 fighter jets and other military hardware in the wake of 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi — a move executed under the leadership of then army chief and current president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
 
The release of the aid by the US Congress is pending "progress" on democratic reform.
 
Kerry praised at the presser Egypt's economic conference, saying the inclusion of the private sector in shoring up investment will help Egypt through its current crisis.
 
Kerry also said the US supports Egypt in completing its democratic transition and supporting human rights and civil society.
 
Egypt is yet to hold parliamentary elections, postponed this month for necessary amendments to its electoral laws.
 
The Economic Development Conference will last until Sunday. Gulf countries pledged $12.5 billion in aid to Egypt on the conference's launch Friday.
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Allen
14-03-2015 07:56pm
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The meaningless carrot and stick
One day you will release it, the next you will not.... Why don't you stick it where it does not shine.
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NewEgypt123
14-03-2015 07:35pm
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Not Enough
Egypt needs to tell the U.S. that the release of aid is not enough to fix the problem that the U.S. created int he area. If the U.S. wants to be on Egypt's good side, it needs to increase the aid. This aid hasn't been increased in god knows how long, while Israel's aid has gone up, up and up. Egypt is now engaged in two fights, so it needs more support, not the same support it had when it was not engaged in these fights. If the U.S. doesn't comply, then Egypt should consider telling them to use the Cape of Good Hope instead of Suez. Egyptians need to realize that this aid is not being given freely... it has a cost. Therefore, Egypt needs to raise the aid or reduce its cooperation to coincide with the real dollar value of the aid.
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Neo
14-03-2015 09:43pm
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Aid is voluntary
The whole concept of “Aid” it means it’s voluntary, a country can give or not, there are no obligations. Let’s stop blaming the US for all our ills! After the peace with Israel in 79 the US has no more obligations to Egypt. The Muslim brotherhood is our problem not the US, so is the terrorism in Sinai; we took it in 79 and didn’t do dead squad development there since, again it’s not the US fault. Let’s stop blaming the US and the Jews for our economic incompetence!!
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