October 8, 2013
WASHINGTON – A US official on Tuesday said the United States was
leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote
counterterrorism, security in the Sinai Peninsula and other such
The official said US President Barack Obama had not made a final
decision on the issue, which has vexed US officials as they balance a
desire to be seen promoting democracy and rights with a desire to keep
up some cooperation with Egypt’s military.
The White House denied that any change had been made in its policy on aid to Egypt.
“The reports that we are halting all military assistance to Egypt are
false. We will announce the future of our assistance relationship with
Egypt in the coming days,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin
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