WASHINGTON, September 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The Biden administration to withhold $ 130 million in military aid to Egypt to pressure its Arab ally to improve its human rights record, according to two sources familiar with the matter, including a US official, said.
The Secretary of State's decision Antony Ben will be a break from the policy of his predecessors of overriding Congressional control over military aid to Egypt.In the past, an exception has been granted to free up $ 300 million in foreign military funding for the government of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the grounds that it was in the interest of the national security of the United States.
part of the funding, $ 130 million, will be withheld for human rights reasons, but will be available over the next few years if Egypt improves its bilan, said the official, who requested anonymity.
Human rights groups, which called on the administration to withhold the full amount, called the decision " betrayal ”of US commitments to put human rights at the forefront of its foreign policy, and in particular with Egypt.
"If the administration 's dedication to human rights was sincere, this decision would have been simple: withhold the $ 300 million in military aid conditioned by Congress to induce al-Sisi to change course "said a joint statement from nearly two dozen human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
"Instead, the administration chose to ignore its commitment to human rights by bypassing legislative conditions, ",he added.
Sisi, who ousted the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, oversaw a crackdown on dissent that escalated over the years. last years. He denies that there are political prisoners in Egypt and says stability and security are paramount.
President Joe Biden is committed to put human rights at the heart of its foreign policy and rights activists have pushed Washington to toughen it up with Sisi, even as ties with Egypt improved after Cairo mediation to help end hostilities in April between Israel and Hamas Militants.
Rights groups' criticism of Biden's commitment to promoting rights and world freedoms are not limited to Egypt.
They say that while its increased focus on the issue is an improvement overThe stance of his predecessor Donald Trump - who has praised authoritarian leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin - Biden has so far refrained from impacting action. learn more
Sources have said that an official announcement on the Egyptian decision could come later this week.
A spokesperson for the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Politico reported the move late Monday. Humeyra Pamuk and Mike Stone report in Washington; Edited by Nick Zieminski and Dan Grebler
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