Friday, October 11, 2013

Enraged Egypt Blasts US for Suspending Mil. Aid; Egypt Might Now Violate Peace Treaty with Israel

An angry Egypt has hit back at the United States' decision this week to suspend a large part of the military aid it gives, the Euro News website reports today (October 11, 2013).

The U.S. decision follows the undemocratic military takeover in July and the violent crackdown on supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi.

Egypt's foreign ministry spokesperson, Badr Abdelatty, questioned the future of the relationship between the U.S. and Egypt, saying: "It wasn't an appropriate decision and it raises serious questions with regards to the commitments of the United States to provide the security programs and assistance to Egypt."

Political analyst, Saad El-Dine Ibrahim, warned it could have a knock-on effect for Israel: "Egypt will be freer to manipulate its relations with Israel. It will not be as dutiful in observing the terms of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty as it has been for the last 40 years."

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