Egypt criticizes US decision to halt military, economic aid

Washington's decision halts tank and fighter aircraft deliveries but continues support for counter-terrorism activities; Egypt is the second-largest recipient of US aid after Israel.

By REUTERS
October 10, 2013 11:11
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Egyptian Apache helicopters fly over Tahrir Square in Cairo

Egyptian Apache helicopters fly over Tahrir Square 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Egypt on Thursday criticized a decision by the United States to halt some military and economic aid to the army-backed government in the wake of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Washington's decision halts tank and fighter aircraft deliveries but continues support for counter-terrorism activities. Egypt is the second-largest recipient of US aid after Israel.

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"The decision was wrong. Egypt will not surrender to American pressure and is continuing its path towards democracy as set by the roadmap," Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty told a private Egyptian radio station.

The army ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July, installed an interim government and presented a political "roadmap" it promised would lead to fair elections.

The Brotherhood refuses to work with the military, which it says staged a coup and sabotaged Egypt's democratic gains after a revolt toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Washington said it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million in cash aid from the military-backed government, pending progress on democracy and human rights.

But the State Department said it would continue military support for counterterrorism, counter-proliferation and security in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders US ally Israel. It will also continue to provide funding in areas such as education, health and private sector development.

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