U.S. Resumes Military Aid to Egypt Suspended Since 2013 – Missy Ryan (Washington Post via Daily Alert)
- U.S. Resumes Military Aid to Egypt Suspended Since 2013 – Missy Ryan
The U.S. will resume suspended military aid to Egypt, enabling the transfer of a dozen F-16 fighter jets, 20 Harpoon missiles and up to 125 U.S. Abrams M1A1 tank kits, the White House said Tuesday. But the U.S. will no longer allow Egypt to purchase military equipment on credit and will earmark future aid for specific activities related to U.S. counterterrorism goals.
The announcement reverses a decision announced in October 2013, several months after a military coup that deposed elected Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi. “We are not walking away from the promotion of human rights and political reform in Egypt,” a senior administration official said. “We’re just trying to make sure Egypt is well equipped to deal with genuine threats to its security, and ours.” (Washington Post)