Egyptb orders death of US citizens US grants $15Bil in aid over 10 years
Aid to Egypt would be permitted at an annualized rate of $1.55 billion, though the actual flow of money is supposed to be contingent on the administration’s willingness to certify that Egypt has met certain conditions demanded by Congress, including demonstrating that it is taking specific steps toward democracy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, has the authority to waive the congressional conditions if it is deemed important for national security. She issued such a waiver in March.
“America can’t turn our back now on these countries,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland insisted on Monday. “We have to continue and deepen and broaden our support so they have a better, more peaceful, more democratic future – a future where people who have grievances express them peacefully, express them to the ballot box rather than having protests turn angry and violent.”
Egypt’s military aid is used to buy weapons from U.S. manufacturers and has traditionally flowed pretty quickly. Economic aid has advanced much more slowly.
On Tuesday, Egypt’s general prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for American Pastor Terry Jones because he promoted an anti-Islam YouTube video.