U.S. to deliver Apaches in November
Apache helicopter - REUTERS

CAIRO: American Apache helicopters will be delivered in November, Egyptian presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef announced Monday.

Youssef said U.S. Secretary of State Kerry announced the date of the delivery during his private meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry following the donor conference for Gaza Monday.

Moufid Deek, a media officer from the U.S. embassy, confirmed to The Cairo Post Kerry had announced the November delivery in the Monday meeting. 

The Apaches are a part of the annual American $1.3 billion military aid package to Egypt; parts of the aid were suspended in August 2013 immediately following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares on Aug. 14.

In April, the United States announced it would lift the suspension by delivering 10 helicopters, according to the U.S. Pentagon, but did not specify when it would deliver them.

In June 2014, the U.S. released $575 million in military aid to Egypt that had been frozen. The cash release followed a visit to Sisi by Kerry June 22.

The Monday meeting also tackled international and regional issues, especially the situations in Syria, Iraq and Libya, Youssef said.

Both sides discussed means to maintain the long-term cease-fire between Palestine and Israel, he added.

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