June 4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Speaking in his first interview post the Egypt’s always controversial electoral process, President el-Sisi petitioned Team Obama to provide aid so that the country can re-stabilize and fight its internal jihadist threat, especially in the Sinai.
“The Egyptian army is undertaking major operations in the Sinai so it is not transformed into a base for terrorism that will threaten its neighbours and make Egypt unstable. If Egypt is unstable then the entire region is unstable.” [source, South China Post, Egypt’s General Sisi asks for US help in fighting terrorism ]
The soft spoken el-Sisi stressed that if Egypt’s security needs were of no concern to the administration, it should nonetheless provide the requisite tools to the embattled nation, noting that America was the jihadists’ prime target.
In a closely related matter, today Saudi King Abdullah called on other Islamic nations to provide aid so that the country can re-establish some semblance of order and restart its shaky economy. [see, Mariam Fam and Nadeem Hamid, Saudi King Calls for Egypt Aid Drive After El-Sisi Win. Bloomberg]
The Obama administration has placed a hold on further military assistance to Egypt, abruptly stopping the transfer of Apache helicopters which have already been paid for as well as other hardware.
“Egypt argues that instead of fighting terrorists, the helicopters are just gathering dust - at taxpayers' expense. ‘They're actually paying the storage from the aid money," the official said. "So it's their problem also. It impacts the contracts that they have signed on our behalf with the companies.’ Sources close to the debate say the delay stems in part from the strenuous objections from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.” [source, [see, Obama Administration Holding Up Apache Helicopters To Egypt , AlMonitor]
With the administration embroiled in deepening scandals, it's doubful that el-Sisis' request will be dealt with anytime soon.
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