The United States announced on Tuesday that it will link only a small part of its annual military aid to Egypt to Cairo’s respect for human rights.
US law prevents the disbursement of US security assistance to Egypt, amounting to $300 million annually, unless Cairo meets a number of human rights standards. However, successive US governments have considered providing this assistance to serve US national security.
On Tuesday, a US State Department spokesperson said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken would order that this financial assistance be “made available” to Egypt to support “counterterrorism and border security.”
The spokesman pointed out that Cairo will receive $170 million of this amount unconditionally, and will receive the remaining $130 million “if specific measures are taken in relation to human rights.”
The spokesman stated that Washington will continue to discuss its serious concerns with Cairo on the human rights file.
Without going into details, the spokesman said, “US officials have informed the Egyptian leaders of specific measures that we urge them to take.”
The spokesman stressed that “Egypt is a valuable partner of the United States, especially in the field of regional security, counter-terrorism and trade.”
On the other hand, about 20 non-governmental organizations, including “Amnesty International” and “Human Rights Watch”, condemned in a joint statement the decision of the administration of US President Joe Biden to provide aid to Egypt.
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