US says that it’s delaying delivery of 4 fighter jets F-16 to Egypt in the midst of unrest following overthrow of president, Mohammed Morsi, by the army.
Spokesman of Pentagon, George Little, says that this decision was due to the present Egypt situation.
US is considering whether removal of Mr Morsi’s was coup that would trigger legal requirement of cutting off the aid.
Earlier, the army chief of Egypt called for the protests for giving the military mandate regarding confrontation with “potential terrorism”.
Though, according to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, he wasn’t calling for the unrest of public and he insisted on national reconciliation.
Responding to this, Muslim Brotherhood that backs President Morsi, said that Gen Sisi appeared to be giving call for a civil war.
These 4 F-16 jets happen to be part of the already agreed order of twenty planes, 8 of which already have been given to Egypt.
The US officials, by 11th July, suggested that the latest 4 F-16s will be still given to Egypt.
Anyway, on Wednesday, Pentagon confirmed the delivery to be on hold.
Mr Little said,
“Given the current situation in Egypt we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s. We remain committed to the US-Egypt defence relationship as it remains a foundation of our broader strategic partnership with Egypt and serves as a pillar of regional stability.”
The Defence Secretary of US, Chuck Hagel, told General Sisi about this decision in one phone call on Wednesday, the spokesman of Pentagon said.
According to some, this decision was US’ way to signal about its displeasure of the recent events within Egypt without having to undermine strong relationship of Washington with Egyptian military.
Mr Obama took this decision late this Tuesday following recommendation by his team of national security.
Each year, the military aid of US to Egypt, according to estimation, is $1.3bn.
During a military ceremony, Gen Sisi said in his speech that he urged people to come to streets the coming Friday for proving their will as well as giving him, police and the army a mandate for confronting possible terrorism and violence. He added that in case someone did resort to terrorism and violence, army would’ve mandate to have that confronted.
Gen Sisi is defense minister in this new government too. He rejected any news regarding divisions in army ranks. He said that he could swear that Egyptian army was united.
In reference to intervention of army for removing Mr Morsi in July’s beginning, Gen Sisi told that he had urged Mr Morsi to be president for every single Egyptian.
It was said that call of Gen Sisi showed who actually in Egypt was in charge, not Adly Mahmud Mansour, the interim president selected by military but military itself.
According to him, it might be a frustration sign that the protests against interim government still are going on.
Mohamed el-Beltagy, the figure of Senior Brotherhood said that calling for civil war by Gen Sisi was to protect the military coup. He said that Gen Sisi was proving that actually he was ruling Egypt and the government, president or vice president don’t hold any of the powers.
Two people in Cairo were reported dead in the clashes at one demonstration that was pro-Morsi. That followed 9 deaths on Tuesday in city.
Mr Morsi narrowly was victorious in presidential elections of June 2012 for becoming the 1st president of Egypt who was democratically elected, though his opponents blamed him of attempting to impose Islamist agenda over country.
The following weeks were of many violent protests and military of Egypt had him removed from the office and then installed interim government.