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U.S. Approves Military, Counterterrorism Aid for Egypt

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Egyptian Army medical personnel in Afghanistan. Photo: WikiCommons.

Egyptian Army medical personnel in Afghanistan. Photo: WikiCommons.

JNS.orgThe United States is likely to resume limited military aid, including the release of Apache helicopters, to Egypt.

“Today, Secretary Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy to inform him that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States—including by countering transnational threats such as terrorism and weapons proliferation—and that Egypt is upholding its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The decision likely means that the U.S. will clear the way for the transfer of Apache helicopters to Egypt, which were held up last summer following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, the Washington Post reported.

Additionally, the decision will also allow the U.S. to resume a portion of its $1.3 billion in annual military assistance to Egypt to help the government handle the deteriorating security situation in the Sinai Peninsula.

The announcement comes amid media reports of Egypt looking to purchase two-dozen advanced Russian MiG-35 fighter jets.

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