Egyptian FM Amr with US counterpart Clinton 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Egyptian officials have expressed alarm at a US Senate bill proposing to condition continued American aid to Egypt on Cairo's transition to a democratic government, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
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The proposed legislation calls for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to verify that Egypt has held democratic elections and preserved freedoms of the press - expression and association - before releasing $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt for 2012.
Meeting with Clinton and US Defense Minister Leon Panetta in Washington this
week, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr warned that passage
of the bill would be "detrimental to future cooperation" between the
countries, according to a senior Egyptian official.
“We called on them to intervene,” The Washington Post
the Egyptian official as saying. He added that Clinton and Panetta
“know the value of the partnership between the United States and Egypt."
Clinton expressed opposition to the bill, saying in a Wednesday press
conference that she "will be working very hard . . . to convince the
Congress that that is not the best approach to take.”
She added: “We support the democratic transition, and we don’t want to
do anything that in any way draws into question our relationship or our