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Egypt Pres. Welcomes US Military Aid   04/01 06:12

   CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president says the United States' release of military 
aid previously suspended will help boost Cairo's ability to combat extremists 
in the region.

   Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who overthrew Egypt's elected but divisive Islamist 
president in 2013, said in a statement Wednesday that the decision supports the 
strategic objectives of both countries in combating terrorism and extremism and 
maintaining security, particularly in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula.

   The White House said President Barack Obama notified el-Sissi in a phone 
call Tuesday that the U.S. would be sending 12 F-16 fighter jets, 20 missiles 
and up to 125 tank kits, while continuing to request $1.3 billion in military 
assistance for Egypt.

   The White House said Egypt will remain the second-largest recipient of U.S. 
foreign military financing worldwide, after Israel.


(KA)


 
 
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