Egypt Loses Out on $85m in U.S. Military Aid

The United States plans to hold back $85-million in military aid to Egypt because of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s failure to uphold the U.S.’s conditions on freeing political prisoners and other human rights issues, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said.

Democrat Murphy is also asking that a further $235-million in military aid be withheld in what he described as Egypt’s “egregious human rights record”, Al Jazeera reports.

According to a US State Department letter, $55m of the funds not given to Egypt will be sent to Taiwan, and the remaining $30m to Lebanon.

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