WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he will decide "in the days ahead" whether to resume US aid to Egypt after suspending the funds last year over the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and a crackdown against protesters.

While a new US Congress spending bill unveiled in January restores more than $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt, a decision by Kerry is needed for the funds to flow again.

Washington has declined to declare Morsi's overthrow in July "a coup," but has expressed concerns over the iron-fisted crackdown on Islamists and liberals by the military-backed government in which hundreds have been killed and thousands jailed.

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