U.S. will withhold $130 million in military aid to Egypt over human rights violations

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will allocate only $170 million of the previously promised $300 million to Egypt, with the rest to come after the local authorities comply with some human rights conditions. This was reported on Tuesday, September 14, by Politico.

There would also be restrictions on the use of the part of the financial aid, which does reach Egypt. It could be spent on fighting terrorism, border security and combating weapons proliferation.

U.S. officials did not specify what conditions Egypt would have to meet.

In this case, several influential Democratic lawmakers urged Biden to withhold the entire amount, arguing that the political regime in Egypt and the fact that President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi “imprisoned tens of thousands of people for political reasons,” the newspaper noted.

On 31 August, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said at a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the USA would provide Ukraine with a new package of military assistance worth $60m and also sign a framework agreement on reforms required for the country to become a NATO member. Austin stressed that one of the goals of the support will be “deterrence of Russian aggression. Moscow, he said, “must stop supporting the conflict in southeastern Ukraine” and “withdraw from Crimea.