US decides to release suspended military aid to Egypt

2018-07-26 11:38


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The State Department says the US has decided to release $195m in military aid to Egypt after withholding the assistance last year over human rights concerns.

The department says Egypt has taken steps in response to specific US concerns, although there are still areas of concern on human rights and governance.

The US suspended the aid in August 2017. The secretary of state at that time, Rex Tillerson, said he wasn't able to certify that Egypt had met the human rights criteria set by Congress in order to receive the American assistance.

Egypt responded angrily and called that decision a "misjudgement of the nature of the strategic relations that have bound the two countries for decades."

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