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Egypt concerned about ‘partisan’ US senate foreign aid hearing

Foreign ministry’s spokesperson says hearing ignored achievements of Egypt in region and in counter terrorism


According to a statement, Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Ministry criticized on Thursday the US senate’s hearings that aimed to present an assessment of the financial aid presented to Egypt from the United States. Speakers in the hearings pointed out alleged human rights violations in Egypt, an issue which the foreign ministry considered as “partisan” and an intentional act of negatively interpreting the situation.

The Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry said that “any close observer to the opinions of a number of former American officials towards Egypt” will conclude that the hearings were initiated to harm the positive relations between Egypt and the new American government.

The hearings took place Tuesday, where American researcher Michele Dunne, former US ambassador to Egypt Daniel Kurtzer, and former US state department official Dennis Ross were questioned by senators about the continuation or suspension of aid to Egypt. Opinions varied, with a state of polarization overwhelming the views of the senators.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zaid said that the three questioned had the same critical tendencies towards the Egyptian government, adding that they ignored “the country’s achievements in supporting stability and fighting terrorism.”

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  • Eslam Rezeik

    Considering many arbitrators of human rights are progressivists who believe in big state intervention to the world’s problems. Egypt should not count on counter terrorism or human rights to have a sound relationship with the US. The US is the light of liberty and is connecting the world through its free market economics. Egypt needs to get out of the way so that relationships can be formed in the private sphere. This will drive the scale out of the regressive leftists’ arms. Not getting the private hub with a free market that was promised by el sisi going is a tragic mistake. Egypt needs to get over itself and prioritize this or fail as it always does.

    • Reform

      If you are calling Lindsey Graham, the committee chairman, progressive and leftist, maybe you are working at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry!

      • Eslam Rezeik

        You could’ve gone the john mccain route not being leftist and still advocating for intervention. They’re all statists, approve of progressivist values and take leftist intellectual accounts seriously. They’re the same in principle but different in name.

        • Reform

          US Senators’ ideologies aside, what is wrong with focusing/diverting the US aid to schools, hospital, SME … What does Egypt need more tanks, jets, submarines, and aircraft carries for? please don’t say ‘to fight terrorists’ you’re smarter than that.

          • Eslam Rezeik

            If you put it that way, there’s nothing wrong with it. The part I find wrong is the aid package is unnecessary. Egypt needs to find its way out of its poverty on its own. The US can provide culture but no aid. The aid is really just a humanitarian with guillotine attitude of making Egypt look evil like they tried with Trump. It’s just posturing so to say we’re taking away the aid because the egyptian state is doing mean things that we don’t want it to do in the region like fight terrorists backed by the US or asserting itself on Israel. It expands the welfare state to kill egyptian growth. Those sand niggers can’t rule the region freely, we’ve got to give them things that as an infrastructure needs constant renewal. Weapons can be traded but the infrastructure provided needs constant refurbishment and revamping. This guarantees servitude.

  • Reform

    Clearly the Egyptian Foreign Ministry has very poor understanding of the term ‘Partisan’ or perhaps the American accents! Senators of BOTH parties agreed with the expert witnesses testifying at the hearing that giving military aid to Egypt spent on conventional weapons such as jet fighters and tanks is a waste on money. The kind of fighter jets, submarines, and aircraft carriers which do nothing to fight terrorists, but so much to build up a useless arsenal, its only purpose is to fight or defend against other nations. The hearing did NOT conclude with no aid to Egypt, it suggested to divert the aid to more useful civilian avenues such as schools, hospitals, educational scholarships, and SME support, which is the right thing. A government bent on arresting and jailing journalists, students, charity workers, and youth protesters under the banner of terrorism does NOT deserve more wasteful military aid. If the $70b aid from the US and the $500b aid from the Gulf over the years have done NOTHING to improve the conditions of the Egyptian PEOPLE, what’s the point of wasting more tax payers money on Sisi’s army government ?!

  • Jamela Radwan

    Here’s what is missing in the story and from the comments.
    Michelle Dunne should recuse herself from any comment on Egypt. Her husband, Charles Dunne, head of Middle East programs at Freedom House was wanted for criminal charges in Egypt in 2012. In addition to that Ms. Dunne was denied entry to Egypt in 2014 due to visa issues, as a former diplomat she was well aware of the rules and thought they didn’t apply to her.
    If we want to talk money, Egypt should be charging for fly over privileges by the US and well as priority transfers through the Suez Canal. I’m sure that would more than make up for the $1.3 billion.
    What “Reform” refers to as a waste of money just happens to secure the Suez Canal for the world. Not just Egypt.
    If you really want to improve the lives of Egyptians, the very foundation is security and stability, without these two things no country will survive and prosper.

    • Reform

      What is also missing from the story is that the Egyptian ambassador to the US was invited to the hearing and he declined to attend, Why? was it because he couldn’t put a positive spin on the damaging facts presented by Ms Dunne and the other witnesses?!

      On a separate note though, I do agree with you that improving the lives of the Egyptian people depends on security and stability, however this could no be achieved with the very policies of this government; arresting, jailing, and torturing tens of thousands of Egyptian youth; pretending to fight terrorism while the real goal is to eliminate all forms of opposition, as stated also at the hearing.

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