Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the Administration’s reported decision to suspend military aid to Egypt.
“I am disappointed that the Administration is planning to partially suspend military aid to Egypt. The Egyptian military has handled the recent transition clumsily, but they have begun a democratic transition which will serve the Egyptian people well in the future and have also worked to maintain regional stability. During this fragile period we should be rebuilding partnerships in Egypt that enhance our bilateral relationship, not undermining them.”
“I am also frustrated that the Administration has not adequately consulted with Congress regarding U.S. policy towards Egypt. I urge the Administration to work together with Congress and Egypt’s leadership to better address the serious security and economic challenges Egypt currently faces.”