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Washington releases $195 million in aid to Cairo

Thursday 26 July 2018 12:10 PM


The US administration has decided to release US$195 million in military aid to Cair, which was withheld last year over human-rights and democracy concerns, a State Department official said.

The administration said it will “continue to make clear the need for progress in addressing them, including fully resolving 2013 NGO convictions and addressing our concerns about the NGO law”. The US held the $195m last August. The amount is part of a $1.3 billion aid package that Washington annually gives to Cairo.

The release comes during an Egyptian military delegation visit to Washington. The delegation includes General Mohamed El-Keshky, Egypt’s assistant minister of defense for international relations, and has held meetings in Congress, at the Pentagon, the State Department and the National Security Council.

Nicholas Heras, a defense fellow at the Centre for New American Security, said the release resembles a “down payment from the Trump administration for the Sisi government as a cornerstone of a regional security architecture that is being built by the United States, certain Gulf Arab states, and Israel”.
“The Egyptians are waging an increasingly bitter and dangerous war against an internal insurgency in multiple areas of their country,” he said.