Future military aid to Egypt under review
Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday during her daily press briefing. When asked if the U.S. made a decision to suspend or slow down foreign military aid to Egypt after the July 3 coup against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, Harf said a decision has not been made. She denied all reports to the contrary.
Harf said the U.S. has been open about policy decisions to either cancel a military exercise or not deliver specific aid, in this case the F-16s for Operation Bright Star. She said that aside from those two decisions, the further delivery of aid under the Foreign Military Financing program is currently being reviewed.
"Right now, all of our experts are looking at every single piece of aid we give to Egypt and whether a certain legal restriction might be triggered, whether it's not," Harf said. "And until there's an overall decision made about where we go from here, we continue, again, to pay our bills but look very carefully at what we're doing. And I think our goal has always been that we need to continue with our assistance by applying the law and what's necessary under the law."
When asked for an exact number of how much aid might not be delivered to Egypt, Harf said the situation is complex and it's not a matter of keeping the number a secret.
"I don't have an exact number yet," Harf said. "As you all know, this is very complicated. And it's not that we're just not telling you; it's that our folks right now are looking at every single piece of this and trying to determine what falls into what bucket."
According to Harf, approximately $585 million worth of funding for the FMF program and additional money on the economic side is being reviewed.