US condemns Egypt violence, refuses to cut off military aid

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The White House has condemned the recent bloodshed in Egypt, but it is still insisting on Washington’s plan for sending military aid to Cairo.

 “The United States strongly condemns the violence and bloodshed in Cairo and Alexandria over the weekend that claimed the lives of scores of Egyptian demonstrators,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday.
When asked about the US annual aid to Egypt, Earnest said, “I don’t have any change in our posture to report to you today.”

“Violence not only further sets back the process of reconciliation and democratization in Egypt, but it will negatively impact regional stability,” he said.

The Obama administration has refused to suspend its aid to Egypt despite condemning the bloody violence in the country.

Egypt is the scene of daily clashes since the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Over the weekend, at least 150 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes during rival demonstrations by supporters and opponents of Morsi across the country.

Washington remained silent following the coup, but American officials announced that the Obama administration would not declare the ouster of Morsi by the military a coup.

Under US law, financial assistance to any country whose elected head of state is deposed in a military coup is prohibited.

The United States supplies about $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt, the second largest recipient of US aid after Israel. Cairo has received more than 70 billion dollars in military and economic aid from the United States since 1948.

The White House is concerned that halting such funding to Egypt could imperil programs that help secure Israel.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday that Congress should consider suspending $1.5 billion in annual American aid to Egypt.

“We have to relook at granting aid,” she told CNN. “The ball is in Egypt’s court.”

“This is a real point of definition of what kind of Egypt is going to come out of this,” Feinstein added.

 

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