USA has approved sending twelve (F-16) fighter jets, 20 Harpoon missiles and 125 M-1 tank modernization kits to Egypt, the White House official said in Deutsche Welle German radio Tuesday.
Obama notified in telephone call to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi about his decision to lift a hold on military aid, allowing delivery of twelve F-16 fighter jets, 20 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and 125 M1A1 Abrams tanks.
Obama also said that he will continue to ask Congress for $1.3 billion (1.2 billion euros) in military aid for Egypt every year.
The military aid had been suspended after the army seized power in Cairo in 2013. USA decided to release the military equipment in an effort to help Egyptian forces in their fight against extremist threats in the country's turbulent region.
The US froze some $650 million in military aid after the Egyptian army ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
El-Sisi's government, which took over a year later, has been sharply criticized for its violent crackdown on dissent, with activists accusing the new regime of being more repressive than the longtime Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, toppled in the 2011 revolution.
Russia has delivered Antey-2500 advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Egypt, marking the first deployment of long-range interceptor in the Middle East. The delivery of air defense missile systems has been started under a recent deal reached between Moscow and Egypt
The French President Francois Hollande confirmed the conclusion of the first contract of sale of 24 Rafale fighter aircraft to Egypt, which will be signed on February 16, the Elysee Palace said in a statement Thursday. "The Egyptian authorities have let me know today of their intention to acquire 24 Rafale combat aircraft and a multi-mission frigate and associated equipment
Egypt and France are close to signing a 5 to 6 billion Euro contract for the sale of twenty Rafale and two FREMM multi-mission frigates. La Tribune newspaper said on its website today that a French delegation of the Treasury visited Cairo earlier this week to assess the security of Egypt in the event of an agreement with the French manufacturers
The US has provided Egypt with two fast missile boats that would contribute towards “ensuring regional security, countering terrorism, and protecting global commerce,” the US embassy in Cairo said Monday. The embassy said in a statement that the two Fast Missile navy vessels reached the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on June 17
Egypt has agreed to buy 46 MiG-29 fighter jets worth US $2 billion from Russia, Vedomosti news daily reported Monday. This is the largest order for MiG aircraft since Soviet disintegration
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