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Egypt-US tension crucial for Middle East: Foreign Minister
Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy says the current strain in US-Egyptian relations could yield beneficial negotiations if effectively analysed by both parties
Ahram Online, Wednesday 16 Oct 2013
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy (Photo: AP)

The current strain in US-Egyptian relations is more critical than ever because it comes at a crucial time for the entire Middle East, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Wednesday.

In an interview conducted by the state-owned daily Al-Ahram, Fahmy said the current Egypt-US tension will reflect on the whole region and impact US interests there, adding that Egypt’s "forthcoming success," however, will also influence the area.

"At the same time, I am not very worried about this unrest in relations," he said, "The Egyptian people will not hesitate to bear the consequences of such a situation in order to preserve their freedom of choice after two revolutions."

"In addition, this unrest will equally serve Egypt and the US because both will reconsider and better estimate their relationship in the future," the minister added.

Fahmy said the US will continue to maintain communication with, and interest in, Egypt because it is "the heart and mind of the Arab world" and, similarly, Egypt realises that the US is a key world power.

He added that he believes each country should inspect its contribution to the situation and follow this with an official Egypt-US discussion on future relations.

Last week, the US said it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircrafts, helicopters and missiles, as well as $260 million in cash aid, from Egypt's interim government pending progress on democracy and human rights.

US officials stated that the decision demonstrated unhappiness with Egypt's path since the 3 July ouster of president Mohamed Morsi resulting from mass protests against him.

However, the US added it would continue to provide funding that benefits the Egyptian people in such areas as education, health and the development of the private sector.

In response, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said the decision was "errant in both substance and timing."

Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said "Egypt will take decisions regarding its internal affairs in a manner independent of external influences, and will secure the consistent and stable provision of its vital needs particularly with regards to its national security."
 





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Sam Enslow
16-10-2013 12:49pm
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Since the January Revolution (remember that one), the Egyptian politicians and media have accused the Americans of every evil possible. Anything wrong in Egypt resulted from the Americans, or better yet, the American/Zionist Conspiracy. Egyptians are responsible for nothing that happens in Egypt. A photo in Egypt's paper shows the American (the only one not identified) buying the Sinai from The Brothers. These event took place in a tent in the desert. No one in Egypt refuted this claim. It should have been considered a joke by someone who got too involved watching Lawrence of Arabia. This is not how such things would be done, and President Obama would have been impeached by the Republicans had he tried it. But did any media or politician refute the charges? - No. Also no one defended Ambassador Patterson who was doing the work of a mediator and who held discussions with The Brothers that paralleled General Sisi's conversations with Morsy. The effort was to get Morsy to become a "meet and greet" president and avoid the blood that flowed on the streets of Egypt. It was a correct thing for an ambassador to do. But no one in Egypt mentioned that fact. The effort failed, but it was worth a try. It is better to hate America. Americans watch Egypt go country to country begging for money. Give money and you are a friend. American aid is designed to help countries become financially independent and to encourage social changes that will benefit the people. American corporations have close to I trillion dollars, part of which could be invested in Egypt. These actions would help Egyptians help themselves. But it appears that Egyptians are not interested in helping themselves or in initiating the reforms demanded by the 2011 Revolution, the forgotten revolution. Stop and read your press then ask yourself if you were an American how would you feel about Egypt. Friendship and good relations are two way streets. The current, regrettable strain in US/Egyptian relations is not totally the blame of the US.
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Sam Enslow
17-10-2013 06:41am
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Most US aid comes from private sources like the Gates Foundation and Clinton Foundtation. The amount of military aid given to Egypt would not affect the balance sheets of any US defense contractor. In any case the money comes out of the pockets of US tax payers or via their personal donations. Ever notice that every political force in Egypt cliams the US supports the other side. Even today, The Brothers say the US supports Sisi while his supporters say the US supports The Brothers?
Polcham
16-10-2013 03:04pm
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American aid is far from encouraging social changes. It is given to leverage influence. And in this case, it also benefits American weapons contractors. The current Egyptian Government did not start this rift. The American Government has been using aid to press for the Government to be formed the way the US wants it.

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