Egypt has hit back at the US’s decision to suspend a large part of the military aid it gives.
The decision follows the undemocratic military takeover in July and the violent crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi.
Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Badr Abdelatty questioned the future of the relationship between the two countries, saying: “It wasn’t an appropriate decision and it raises serious questions with regards to the commitments of the United States to provide the security programs and assistance to Egypt.”
Political analyst, Saad El-Dine Ibrahim, warned it could have a knock-on effect for Israel: “Egypt will be freer to manipulate its relations with Israel. It will not be as dutiful in observing the terms of the Egyptian Israeli peace treaty as they have been for the last 40 years.”
After the military takeover, the US cancelled joint military exercises with Egypt, which usually take place every two years.The US says the hundreds of millions of dollars in aid could be restored if Egypt moves towards free and fair elections.