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Romney says United States should get tougher with Egypt
US potential presidential candidate warns Egypt risks losing the annual US aid if it fails to secure foreign diplomats
Reuters, Friday 14 Sep 2012
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U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt needs to ensure the security of foreign diplomats or risk losing the $1.3 billion in aid it receives each year from the United States, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday.

After Islamist protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo this week, Romney told a fundraising breakfast in New York the United States should take a tougher line with Egypt.

"I think for instance in Egypt we should make it very clear to maintain a relationship, a friendship, an alliance and financial support with the United States, Egypt needs to understand it must honor its peace treaty with Israel, he said.

"It must also protect the rights of the minorities in their nation. And finally among other things it must also protect the embassies of our nation and other nations," he said.

Egyptians angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam clashed on Friday in Cairo for a third day with police who blocked the way to the U.S. Embassy, where demonstrators climbed the walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, were killed in Libya in related violence.

"The American people are disturbed and reeling with the news around the world," Romney told the fund-raising event, which brought in $4 million for his campaign, for a two-day regional haul of $7.5 million.

A number of polls this week showed Obama building a lead over Romney after the Democratic National Convention last week but the Republicans' advisers insist the race is close and the former Massachusetts governor remains in solid shape with less than two months to go until the Nov. 6 election.

Romney, an advocate for a strong relationship with Israel, criticized Obama for deciding not to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the two leaders are in New York later this month for the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Obama spoke with Netanyahu for an hour this week amid a rift between them on how aggressively to handle Iran's nuclear ambitions. Netanyahu has repeatedly threatened a military response despite U.S. entreaties to give sanctions time to work.

"I thought the president's decision not to meet with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was an extraordinarily confusing and troubling decision. This is our closest ally and best friend in the Middle East," said Romney.

The presidential race thus far has been dominated by questions over how to rekindle strong growth in the U.S. economy, a challenge that plays to Romney's strengths as a former business executive.

He lacks a great deal of foreign policy experience and his trip to London, Jerusalem and Poland in July was widely criticized for a number of gaffes.
 



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B B
15-09-2012 09:05pm
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Pathetic
Egypt, Yemen, Libya need to put their big boy pants on and figure out how to sustain themselves. They have been suckling off the teet of America for far too long. If you are a citizen in one of these horrible places are you not ashamed of the fact that you live off of our money? Why can you not stop warring with eachother and progress as the rest of the western world has? Quite pathetic and sad to see people with so much history stuck in the stone age. Bite the hand that feeds....
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B B
15-09-2012 09:03pm
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Egypt, Yemen, Libya need to put their big boy pants on and figure out how to sustain themselves. They have been suckling off the teet of America for far too long. If you are a citizen in one of these horrible places are you not ashamed of the fact that you live off of our money? Why can you not stop warring with eachother and progress as the rest of the western world has? Quite pathetic and sad to see people with so much history stuck in the stone age. Bite the hand that feeds....
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khalid
15-09-2012 08:02pm
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freedom of speech
When you insulting,hurting,defaming and attacking on mulism's faith it's freedom of speech...but someone speak about holocaust or raise questions about facts then...whta happens...??? can any of my western or american freinds can tell me...?
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Dave from NY
15-09-2012 06:25pm
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Does Romney Know?
Romney is apparently not aware that the US pays Egypt nearly $2 billion a year as per the Camp David accords so that Egypt would not attack Israel. If Romney starts messing with the money, he will unleash unforeseen circumstances.
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adel
15-09-2012 11:58am
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awful
If Mitt Romney reaches the white house we would see the same policy of George W. Bush and then US will gain more enemies , about talking about $1.3 billion aid to Egypt every year, i think US is the one who care to keep paying it to make Egyptian policy direction is under control, as Egyptians we look for the day we say thank you , we don't need your money anymore and that time it doesn't mean relations between the two countries will be bad but it'll be based on mutual respect more than nowadays
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riad
15-09-2012 11:11am
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Freedom of Speech !!!!!!!!!
where the american do it is called freedom of speech (!) , where those other than those they called it is a violence of peace. Wow ,, what a justified democracy the US is delivering to countries !
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DR.mohsen wally
15-09-2012 09:32am
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real advise
we need not to know more about the enmity of america to arab and muslems,in the same time the full support to israel and the jews is quite evident.this attitude reflects several facts of warning to egypt ,the most important that america will never be a friend to any of the arab or muslem countries , US aids to egypt is a charity which i feel it humilate us ,spoil our degnity.this aids are always used to threaten us and impose pressure on the government.they know how to squeeze the others.we will off on that point if we do not plan to dismiss this aids other wise we will remain in slavery for them
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Kevin
14-09-2012 08:13pm
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$1.3 Billion
I hope Egypt does lose the $1.3B. Those are my tax dollars and I think they would be better spent in the USA and not in some country posing as a democratic nation. The only reason Egypt gets the $1.3B is from the Camp David Peace Accords. The US should throw those accords in the garbage (nobody really wants peace in the Middle East anyway), keep the $1.3B, and station US troops in Israel as a deterrent to any attacks.
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enlightened american
16-09-2012 11:11pm
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tired of obama
america's media is twisted NOT a free press. it is biased, one sided & everything they print must be checked & checked again for accuracy i have not heard anything anti-islamic by romney, although the democrat media has told us so. to this day i can find no audio or videotape of romney showing disrespect to an religion, probably because his religion is under attack daily, & knows how it feels! our polls say obama his ahead?? not too fast, his unfavorable numbers are remarkably high. the only people who support him here are social liberals, union thugs, & those looking for free money, food, cell phones, etc. obama needs to cheat to win, & is daily looking for ways to 'adfjust' his votes by attempting to ban a voter-i.d. law so a person can vote as many times as they like. democrats have also been found to send ballots to a.) deceased people b.) household pets, c.) households that do not exist.
truth
15-09-2012 12:14am
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When you station US troops in Israel
You will spend more than 100 billions like you did with Iraq and other countries you invade in.Egyptians really hate the so-called aid more than Americans do. Most Americans don't even know what's going on outside of their homes. LOL
Najjar
14-09-2012 10:09pm
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I agree with you Kevin...
...and in case you are not aware (or dishonestly ignoring the fact that)the Egyptians do not want your $1.3 B, they have been saying that for years as first that corruption money is used only by the military gang to protect the US interests and oppress the people they paid to protect. So face it what is $1 B today? What has that money brought so far to the population who never saw a penny anyway, except oppression, humilitation, murder and rape of a whole nation? Additionally weither you want to admit it or not, the US needs Egypt more than the other way around, so please stop flattering yourself to the point of being narcistic. Your corrupt puppets are gone F.O.R.E.V.E.R and Egypt is a new place that has no room for dictatorship that you treasure so much, and as Bob Dylan says "The Times They Are A-Changin' so time to adjust your clock and get used to it. "
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Joan
14-09-2012 07:34pm
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Aid to Egypt
I agree. If Egypt can not secure foreign embassies, then US aid to Egypt must cease. I do NOT agree with this stupid film that was made. However, the rioting and violence that has taken place is wrong. Protest peacefully and then get on with your lives. There is NO reason at all for this violence.
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A woman
14-09-2012 09:45pm
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No Maude!
Dear Maude: Islamophobia is caused by Muslims (not by all of course, just by misguided people, most of Moslems are peaceful) itsself, not by anybody else! Behave like civilized human beings, than nobody has a reason to be afraid from you!
Kevin
14-09-2012 09:12pm
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Islamophobia ...
@Maude: Please provide some real example of Romeny promoting Islamophobia. Give concrete examples where the sound bite is in the media or in print. I would like to hear what he has to say.
Maude
14-09-2012 08:00pm
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Islamophobia
Romney is greatly responsable for promoting Islamophobia.

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