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U.S. Freezes Arms Systems and Cash Assistance to Egypt

Washington, October 10 (RHC)-- The United States says it is cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in its annual aid to Egypt, pending Cairo's move toward establishing a civilian government through fair elections.

Washington has reportedly frozen "the delivery of certain large-scale military systems and cash assistance to the government pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically-elected civilian government through free and fair elections."

The U.S. State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that the United States decision to "recalibrate" its annual $1.5 billion aid to Egypt will halt the delivery of Apache helicopters, Harpoon missiles, F-16 fighter jets and M1A1 Abrams tanks.

U.S. officials have, however, stressed that Washington would not be cutting off all aid to its long-standing ally, of which USD 1.3 billion goes to military hardware and training.

The Pentagon had already canceled planned war games with Egypt and delayed the delivery of four F-16 fighters following a July 3rd military coup that deposed Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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