UAE to give $3.9bn to Egypt government

2013-10-27 09:38
The Giza Pyramids dominate the skyline in Giza, Egypt, Cairo's sister city. (Maya Alleruzzo, AP)

The Giza Pyramids dominate the skyline in Giza, Egypt, Cairo's sister city. (Maya Alleruzzo, AP)

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Dubai - The United Arab Emirates agreed on Saturday to give Egypt's military-installed government another $3.9bn in aid after transferring $1bn in July, the official WAM news agency said.

The UAE and other Gulf monarchies were staunch supporters of the 3 July overthrow of Egypt's first Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and have vowed to help the interim government address the economic devastation wrought by two years of political turmoil.

The two countries signed the latest agreement during a visit by Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi to the oil-rich Emirates, WAM reported.

It said $1bn of the new funds would go to support Egypt's fuel needs while the remainder would be earmarked to "support (Egypt's) development programme and (are) aimed at improving the living conditions, lives and human development of the Egyptian people through a number of projects".

The Emirates, along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, pledged $12bn in aid to Cairo within days of the army's overthrow of Morsi, which came amid massive protests against the year-long rule of Egypt's first freely elected president.

Egypt's economy has been in a tailspin since the overthrow of long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, contributing to the political unrest that has gripped the country since his ouster.
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