The United States will curtail millions of dollars in aid to Egypt in the coming months in response to a violent crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
The U.S. plans to cut $216 million of the $1.5 billion it provides to Egypt each year. The figure will stop the transfer of a variety of large-scale military aircraft and vehicles, including F-16s, Apache helicopters and M1A1 tank kits to Egypt. The U.S. will continue to provide spare parts for existing equipment, as well as training for members of the Egyptian military.
In announcing the news, the State Department stressed the importance of the U.S. relationship with Egypt, which it says continues, although it has changed significantly since an uprising in Spring 2011 that toppled President Hosni Mubarek.
The reduced aid is a way for the U.S. to demonstrate deep deep concern for the way the General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s military forced Morsi from power and the bloody aftermath.
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