President Barack Obama plans to accelerate the pace of American aid to Egypt, a top State Department official said on Wednesday, as the most populous Arab nation reaches a critical stage in its uncertain transition away from autocratic rule (to Radical Islamic dictatorship)
MSNBC Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats, part of a U.S. delegation that held unprecedented talks last week with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, said Washington wanted to provide “more immediate benefits” to Egyptians, who earlier this month conducted their first democratic elections in decades. (Which resulted in 80% of the seats in Parliament going to the two most radical Islamic parties)
“During this period, we want to be as supportive as we can. This is an historic moment. Egypt’s a country of enormous importance,” Hormats said.
Under the plan, some non-urgent U.S. aid slated for other countries – he did not name them – would be redirected to Egypt. And funding in the pipeline for long-term programs in Egypt would be shifted to quick-impact projects, he said. It was unclear whether the total amount of U.S. aid to Egypt would be increased. “Whether it’s an increase or whether it’s reprioritizing existing assistance, we’re still working this out,” Hormats said.Continue reading on barenakedislam.com