Egypt rejects conditional U.S. assistance

Egypt’s state-owned al-Gomhuriya newspaper quoted Egyptian minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul- Naga as saying that Cairo will not accept any conditions being placed on U.S. aid.

Wednesday, U.S. Senate voted to cut $200 million in economic assistance to Egypt. The U.S. military aid package to Egypt for the current year remained unchanged, at $1.3 billion.

Abul-Naga said she hoped that U.S. economic assistance would focus on building economic ties between the two countries.

Under an agreement signed between Egypt and the United States in 1998, U.S. economic assistance to the African country would gradually diminish with each year.

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