U.S. To Reduce Aid To Egypt

U.S. To Reduce Aid To Egypt

The U.S. has signaled its intention to reduce aid to Egypt, although the amount at stake and the areas to be reduced have not been announced, according to a CNN report.

The White House on Oct. 8 said the decision on what and how much aid to cut would be announced in a few days.

Although some military aid may be reduced, it’s likely that some will continue as well. Aid that’s expected to continue includes that which is used for peacekeeping and security, as well as funds to help ensure democracy, CNN reports.

“We will announce the future of our assistance relationship with Egypt in the coming days, but as the president made clear…that assistance relationship will continue,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement referring to discussions at the recent U.N. General Assembly.

The U.S. has cut aid to Egypt in the past, including some cuts in August. After the ouster of Egypt’s democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy on July 3, and the Egyptian government’s violent treatment of Morsy’s supporters, Obama and his national security advisers have debated how to respond.

Egyptian military and police fired live rounds and tear gas at demonstrators who were protesting the treatment of Morsy supporters and their right to demonstrate, according to a Fox News report on Friday. Civilians on both sides also clashed, using rocks, sticks and bottles as weapons.

Whatever the amount of the cuts, they will have more of a symbolic effect than financial, said CNN senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman. Since Morsy’s ouster, Gulf states have supported Egypt with aid that far surpasses the roughly $1 billion supplied by the U.S.

In fact, said Wedeman, the Gulf states that are U.S. allies – and have urged the U.S. to continue aid and to support the Egyptian military – will likely react negatively to any reduction in U.S. aid to Egypt.