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Cairo condemns Washington for suspending military aid
Egypt lashes out at the US administration for halting military hardware and cash assistance deliveries in a signal of concern over the country's democratic transition
Ahram Online , Thursday 10 Oct 2013
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Egypt Thursday condemned a decision by the United States to suspend deliveries of major arms and cash assistance to the Egyptian government, despite assertions of continuing support for interim authorities.

Washington said on Wednesday that it had halted deliveries of large-scale military systems, as well as $260 million in cash aid to the Egyptian military, amid concerns over the country's democratic transition and mounting violence following the ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi.

The US review was launched in August after a security crackdown on Islamists left hundreds of people dead. The freeze, which the state department said was not meant to be permenant, would remain in effect "pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically-elected civilian government through free and fair elections," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The US is halting the shipments of Apache helicopters, missiles, fighter jets and tank parts, officials said.

Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman lashed out at the move, despite it being "temporary and entailing no cut or reduction of aid," and "was accompanied by US assertions of keeping up support for Egypt's transitional government."

"The decision was wrong in terms of content and time. It raises serious questions about US readiness to provide stable strategic support to Egyptian security progammes amid threats and terrorism challenges it has been facing," spokesman Badr Abdel Atty said in a statement Thursday.

Abdel Atty, who said Egypt is keen on maintaining good relations with the US, asserted that his country will manage its own security needs.

"Egypt will take domestic decisions independently and without external influences and will work towards securing its vital needs ... namely those related to its national security."

The decision to freeze major military hardware deliveries was marked in a Wednesday call between US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Egypt's military chief, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

The United States, however, will keep up assistance to counter terrorism activities, "to help secure Egypt's borders" and bolster "counterterrorism and proliferation, and ensure security in the Sinai," Psaki said.

Egypt has been fighting a growing militant insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula since the army ousted Morsi 3 July following mammoth protests against his rule. The surge in militant activity in the region has raised international concerns, as it adjoins major US ally Israel, and strands the Suez Canal, a vital global waterway between Asia and Europe.

The State Department also said it would continue its support for health programmes, education and private sector development, as well as some aspects of military equipment as well as military training and education.

Washington has trodden carefully on the matter of Morsi's removal, shying away from calling it a "coup." But the US administration has repeatedly condemned growing violence following his removal and a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

Egypt has been engulfed in violent turmoil that has killed over 1,000 since 3 July. In renewed bloodshed, some 57 people, mostly Morsi-loyalists, were killed Sunday as they clashed with security forces and opposing civilians.





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Samantha Criscione
11-10-2013 12:13pm
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Egypt is making the proper -- and heroic -- response to an outrage
Egypt's calm but firm and principled response to the U.S./EU coercion in favor of the terrorist Brotherhood is most encouraging. First, Egypt is absolutely right in condemning the US government's refusal to deliver the agreed-to weapons systems. What does it mean for the U.S. to claim it supports the fight against terror in Sinai, and then refuse to deliver the promised Apache helicopters? Does the US maintain that these helicopters are used against peaceful protesters? In fact the Sinai terror is intimately connected to the Brotherhood's secret apparatus -- hence Beltagy's coy remark that if Morsi were reinstated, the Sinai terror would stop immediately. Second, Egypt is providing a light to the nations of the world by declaring it will not follow U.S. commands to abandon its defense against clerical fascist terror, whether such commands are delivered explicitly or in the form of hints. And to put in my own two cents worth, isn't it striking that while Obama embraces Iran, which is indeed guilty of murderously suppressing peaceful protesters -- a suppression that has been recorded in thousands of citizen videos -- and then putting activists on show trials where they confessed, following torture, which Obama criticized only in the mildest way in June 2009 and then never said one critical word about since, talking only about nuclear negotiations, he condemns Egypt for defending itself against terror, which is ludicrously disguised as "peaceful protests," as if the doctor were at fault when he tries to combat the disease. -- Samantha Criscione
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Lailai
11-10-2013 07:46am
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Egypt is a strong country
Despite this cut of USA aid, I believe that Egypt is strong and can fight all elements of terrorism especially those coming from the Morsy camp. Obama is becoming weaker and makes a lot of wrong decision on his second term, USA is in a financial crisis.
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optimistic
10-10-2013 04:33pm
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True Reason
I believe the true reason for suppending part of the aid isn't the situation in Egypt but the bad financial situation in the USA.
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Key
11-10-2013 11:03am
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@john you are confused
What junta are you referring to there is a civil interm government repairing all the damages mb have done in 12 months in office. Egypt has never been so free from the US and EU and united against the mb terrorist groups. Illegitimate is to support terrorists like the mb and us administration trying to divide egypt while the military is safeguarding the Great Nation
John
11-10-2013 09:11am
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@key...you are so wrong!!!
You say "Obama and gang had a plot to divide Egypt " The current military junta in Egypt is doing a far greater job in dividing Egypt. Egypt has never been so divided as it is now under the illegitimate, tyrannical coup leaders.
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11-10-2013 07:19am
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@key the american gov has no love for the MB or Islamists in general
Is critical thinking that hard for Egyptians to do? Wether its worshiping a military dictator which is happening now or coming up with these ridiculous conspircay theories about America using the MB to divide Egypt. The only ones that are dividing Egypt are the secularists who can't win an election so they decided to stage a coup. Egyptians need to take responsiility for their own problems instead fo blaming everyonne else with these ridiculous conspiracy theories.
Key
11-10-2013 12:05am
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Not the true reason
The real reason behind this childish reaction from the US was out of frustration. Obama and gang had a plot to divide Egypt by utilizing the MB but as you can see the entire nation of Egypt stood against the MB which directly impact the divisional plot. If the real intent was bad finance which the US is crippled with then they would have picked Israel as they are the larger recipient of USaid.
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Kevin Womak
10-10-2013 02:21pm
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It is time for a reality check. The American people are fed up watching civilians being shot in the streets of Egypt just because they disagree with the policies being carried out by the authorities controlling the government of Egypt at this time. If Egypt does not create real democracy fast that includes all segments of Egypt’s population in a fair and equal manner, the next thing will happen is cutting off loans to Egypt from the International Monetary Fund. There is not enough money in the Gulf nations to cover Egypt’s economic collapse if that happens.
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11-10-2013 07:27am
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Ingy
Stop the lies the Egyptian police are imfamous for their killing and torture of innocent civilians, if the MB protests are armed how come no police or soliders died on sunday? In America they don't shoot their own people in the streets fro protesting unlike your backwards country.
egyptian
11-10-2013 03:51am
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to kevin womack
egypt does not need US Aid, it can manage without it. it also doesn't need foreign interference, it can manage its internal affairs on its own.
Key
10-10-2013 11:55pm
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Egyptian
it is in the US' best interests to maintain good relations with Egypt as the current usaid benefits the us and not Egypt, Neither the us and EU can tell egypt what to do. Egyptians will reach democracy at their own pace when they feel they are ready. No one can tell them otherwise. As for loans Egyptians have sufficient manpower and resources if used effectively and strategically. They will get back on their feet this time without foreign bloodsucking intervention from the US, EU and MB
Ingy Sammakia
10-10-2013 10:42pm
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It's high time that the "American" understand that the police doesn't gun down citizens for fun, there's a reason for that. The Muslim Brotherhood are violent and ready to kill, so the police has to defend itself. In the USA if anyone shot at a police officer, he'd end up dead.
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amir
10-10-2013 02:14pm
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do u have the right ?
now beggars also condemns for not reviving aid wow
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