Obama pressures to suspend military aides to Egypt

U.S. officials said on Saturday that President Barack Obama’s top national security aides have recommended that he might suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt in response to the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected leader, the matter considered by US administration as military coup.

The officials said Obama won’t likely make a decision on the aid suspension or the amount until after Congress votes on his request for authorization for military strikes on Syria. The U.S. provides Egypt with $1.5 billion a year in aid, $1.3 billion of which is military assistance.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations.


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