Reaction as US to release military and counter-terrorism aid to Egypt
People in Cairo reacted on Wednesday to news that Egypt qualifies for some military and counter-terrorism assistance from the United States.
The Obama administration said on Tuesday that the aid can be released because Washington has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel.
A congressional aide said the decision clears the way for the release of Apache helicopters to Egypt, which the United States has held up since July when the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
Beyond the Apaches, the move allows the US also to release some of its annual 1.3 (b) billion US dollar military assistance package to Egypt, specifically those parts dealing with security in the Sinai Peninsula.
On the streets of Cairo, residents reacted with cynicism to the news.
Alaa El Halawany, a political analyst and journalist at Egyptian newspaper Akhbar El Youm, said that the announcement was dictated solely by the US’s own political and strategic interests in the region.
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