U.S. freezes military assistance to Egypt, pending democratic progress
Military support for counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation and security in the Sinai Peninsula will continue.
The United States will withhold deliveries of military hardware and cash assistance from Egypt's military-backed government, pending progress on democracy and human rights, the U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday.
The decision is a signal of U.S. unhappiness with the course that Egypt has taken since its army ousted the country's first democratically-elected president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi, in July. The military regime announced Wednesday that Morsi would go on trial next month.
The State Department issued a written statement making clear that it would not cut off all aid to Egypt and would continue military support for counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation and security in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel.
The State Department also said that it would continue to provide funding that will benefit the Egyptian people in such areas as education, health and the development of the private sector.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the U.S. expects to see "credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections."
The withheld deliveries include M1A1 Abrams tank kits made by General Dynamics Corp, F-16 aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin Corp, and Apache helicopters and Harpoon missiles built by Boeing, U.S. officials said.
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