CAIRO: Deputy spokesperson of the U.S. State Department Marie Harf said that the United States communicates the Muslim Brotherhood but denied that this means it supports the organization, reported Youm7.
Harf said on Friday in a meeting with foreign journalists in Washington that the U.S. communicates with all political sides in Egypt yet does not support any individual or political group, “We only support Egyptian people,” she added.
Harf dismissed what she described as a “conspiracy theory” regarding U.S. support to the Brotherhood. “This cannot be real, we do not support them,” she said, adding that they only support the Egyptian people in achieving democracy.
As to its military aid to Egypt, Harf said that the U.S. administration is still evaluating its policy on Cairo. She said that the decision to continue its aid would be based on the steps that the Egyptian government takes towards democracy.
“Our relation with Cairo is so important, but we are not satisfied with many things in Egypt now” she added.
Harf said that the U.S. administration spoke with the Egyptian government and the Arab Gulf states that seek to finance the Russian arms deal. She said that other countries are looking to build relations with Egypt but that the United States was unparalleled as an ally, “If we compare between the economic and military abilities of the U.S. and Russia,” she said, “we are better.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he hoped to decide soon on whether to restore the full $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt, reported AFP.
The United States has halted a large portion of its $1.5 billion mostly military aid to Egypt since October 2013, justifying the freeze by saying the interim government needed to move back towards democracy, according to AFP.
Harf said that Egypt’s relation with Russia would not harm the historical and strong relation between Egypt and Washington, reported Al-Wafd newspaper.
Additional reported by Bahaa Al-Taweel.