The United States froze military aid to Egypt for $ 130 million. This was reported by TASS with reference to the press release of the US Secretary of State.
Over the past 10 years, the United States has provided annual military aid to its ally Egypt in the amount of $ 1.3 billion, while, according to agreements concluded between the two countries, Egypt receives 300 million of them only if the government fulfills the conditions. improve the situation with the observance of human rights in the state. The decision on the allocation of these funds is made by the US Senate.
However, the US Secretary of State has the right to circumvent the decision of the upper house of parliament and distribute aid at his discretion. According to TASS, the secretaries of state have done this in recent years, and all kinds of assistance have been rendered to Egypt.
The new secretary Anthony Blinken, who took office with the beginning of the presidency of Joe Biden, decided to change the trend and partially agreed with the decision of the Senate – $ 130 million out of 300 Egypt will receive only when it fulfills its part. human rights agreements. The country will receive the rest of the aid in full.