Egypt Warns U.S. Not to Link Military Aid to Democratic Transition

A new Senate bill aims to suspend military aid for 2012 until Egypt holds free elections and guaranteed full civil liberties.

Egypt has warned the U.S. not to pass a new Senate bill that aims to suspend military aid until Egypt certifies its full functions as a democracy, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

According to the report, 1.3 billion dollars in aid for 2012 will be suspended until Egypt holds democratic elections and guarantees civil liberties.

Egypt military July 29, 2007 (AP)
AP Photo / Ben Curtis, File

The Washington Post quoted an anonymous source who said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials to intervene. According to the source, the U.S. officials “know the value of the partnership between the United States and Egypt and how much such conditions and language would be detrimental to future cooperation.”

The U.S. has been pressuring the Egyptian government, saying it hoped the emergency law - widely seen as a tool of repression under ex-President Hosni Mubarak - would be scrapped sooner than the military foresees next year.

The military council said on Tuesday that parliamentary elections would start in stages from Nov. 28, and invited candidates to start registering for the poll from Oct. 12.