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Republican senator holds up $60M in aid to Egypt

Republican senator holds up $60 million in US economic assistance to Egypt

Republican senator holds up $60M in aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's first package of post-coup economic aid to Egypt is hitting a roadblock in Congress.

A key Republican senator -- Sen. Lindsey Graham -- is holding up the transfer of $60 million to a program to spur private investment in Egypt's flailing economy.

The Obama administration decided earlier this month to suspend much of America's annual $1.6 billion in mostly military support to its once ironclad Middle East ally. The U.S. cited the ruling army's continued crackdown on political opponents since ousting Mohammed Morsi, the popularly elected, Muslim Brotherhood-backed president, in July.

But the administration pledged at the same time to maintain the strategic relationship, and recently sought congressional approval for a chunk of assistance.

Updated : 2021-05-18 07:35 GMT+08:00