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Egypt embassy rallies jeopardise US aid to Egypt: WAPost
Talks on proposed $1bn US aid package to Egypt have been frozen due to Cairo's tepid response to last week's US embassy demos
Ahram Online, Tuesday 18 Sep 2012
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File photo: A disabled Egyptian protester throws a gas canister away during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: reuters)

Egyptian-American talks about a proposed $1 billion in economic relief have been frozen as a result of Egypt's half-hearted response to the attacks on US embassy in Cairo last week, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Relations between Cairo and Washington hit a rough patch following widespread anti-American sentiments in Egypt and other Muslim countries over a film that denigrates Islam and the Prophet Mohamed produced in California.

News that the two nations were close to finalising a debt relief programme surfaced earlier in September. Senior US officials had told news agencies that the Obama administration aimed at going to Congress "soon" with a plan for using $1 billion in debt relief to help Egypt stabilise its economy and expand its private sector.

After the latest events, however, the fate of any new US help to Egypt has been thrown into question.

"Folks are going to wait and see how things materialise both with the protests and on Capitol Hill," a congressional aide was quoted as saying by the Post.

The American daily, however, added that several US officials had affirmed that the "delays are expected to be temporary and that there is no major re-evaluation of US aid to Egypt."

The strain between Egypt and Washington culminated when President Obama referred to Egypt as neither an ally nor enemy of the United States. While US officials later diluted the president's comments, the incident remains an uncommon rift between the long-time partners.

Meanwhile, another senior congressional staffer cited by the Post suggested that the "long-term fate of US assistance to Egypt" should be decided within the next couple of weeks.

Others US officials, however, explained the delay as a normal reaction to the violent incidents in Cairo as well as "a test of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s resolve."

It took Egypt's newly elected president more than 48 hours to condemn the breach of the US embassy premises in Cairo and the removal of the American flag.

Egypt is the second largest recipient of US aid after Israel, receiving an average of $1.6 billion in aid annually since 1979. Of this sum, more than 65 per cent – or $1.3 billion – goes towards military aid, which plays an important role in the shaping of Egypt's foreign policy.



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Kariman, Helwan
18-09-2012 03:43pm
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Prosecute the people or groups behind these mayhems. US Gov. is not responsible for a criminal person luntic behaviour. We all kinow that.
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Aladdin
18-09-2012 03:37pm
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The group that instigate riot and disorderagainst American embassy are the one who should be balmed and the silent majority who know that US Gov. has no control or partner in this silly video. Cut the grain aid and suspend US Aid and go after the toruble makers.
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Stephen Real
18-09-2012 03:21pm
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A Fatwa On Moral Malarky
I have to call the fatwa on this moral malarchy. The Holy Prophet would not care about a Youtube video that nobody watched when 20,000 Syrians have been killed at the hands of Assad. Where is the moral outrage for the murdered Syrians created in the image of God? These protesters project onto our US government that it is like any other Arab government in the Arab world where free speech is controlled by the government. This contradicts our founding principles of freedom of conscience and expression. Why is Egypt behind China? When 50 years ago it was leaving China in the economic dust? The Arabs did it to themselves. They, for whatever psychological reasons, relied on Islam to solve their economic and societal problems. These protests are stoked up by religous zealots whom never studied or even read the Holy Qu’ran and have no idea on how to improve Arab society and economic wealth of the Arab peoples.
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Stephen Real
18-09-2012 03:19pm
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A Fatwa On Moral Malarky
I have to call the fatwa on this moral malarchy. The Holy Prophet would not care about a Youtube video that nobody watched when 20,000 Syrians have been killed at the hands of Assad. Where is the moral outrage for the murdered Syrians created in the image of God? These protesters project onto our US government that it is like any other Arab government in the Arab world where free speech is controlled by the government. This contradicts our founding principles of freedom of conscience and expression. Why is Egypt behind China? When 50 years ago it was leaving China in the economic dust? The Arabs did it to themselves. They, for whatever psychological reasons, relied on Islam to solve their economic and societal problems. These protests are stoked up by religous zealots whom never studied or even read the Holy Qu’ran and have no idea on how to improve Arab society and economic wealth of the Arab peoples.
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Dalou
18-09-2012 03:07pm
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Washington Post is owned by AIPAC. They run America. This is just to belittel, humiliate and blackmail Egypt. Thank you.
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