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.