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President Obama calls off US-Egypt military exercises

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Obama makes a statement to the media regarding events in Egypt on Aug. 15 in Chilmark Mass.

President Barack Obama has announced the cancellation of US-Egypt military exercises following the latest killings in the country, without talking about suspending Washington’s annual military aid to Cairo.

“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama said on Thursday.

“As a result, this morning, we notified the Egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise, which was scheduled for next month,” he added.

A joint military exercise, called Operation Bright Star, had been due to take place in the Sinai region next month.

Isobel Coleman, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the cancellation of military exercises is only “an incremental step that’s really too little, too late at this point.”

More than 600 people were killed during clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday.

The US president also said that his government “strongly condemns” the violence in Egypt.

“We deplore violence against civilians,” he said. “Let me say that the Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days.”

Meanwhile, the US State Department issued a travel warning on Thursday, warning American citizens not to travel to Egypt and urging those already there to leave the country.

Obama, however, did not announce suspension of $1.3 billion annual military aid to Egypt.

Obama refused to describe the military’s removal of Morsi as “a coup,” a declaration that would require ending US aid to Egypt. Some American lawmakers called on the Obama administration to cut off aid to Egypt.

“While President Obama condemns the violence in Egypt, his administration continues to send billions of taxpayer dollars to help pay for it,” Republican Sen. Rand Paul said.

“Mr. President, stop skirting the issue, follow the law, and cancel all foreign aid to Egypt,” Paul said.


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One Response to " President Obama calls off US-Egypt military exercises "

  1. Egyptian says:

    Obama is supporting Egypt’s destruction in the face of fierce terrorism under the name of “democracy”. He is selling lies to the whole world through biased lies of one sided media that’s completely different from the ground. All this because MB are selling lies in all international media and Al Jazeera as their only left hope. Egytian people have all said their word on 30 June Revolution through official signed petitions for early elections because of the dectatorship of Morsi Regime and his support of terrorism. May I ask all the US citizens and the western world who decided to believe MB lies, what do you know of Morsi’s 1 year of rule???? Do you think more than 80% of Egyptians are misled and don’t want democracy and US is the one who want it to Egyptians??? If you don’t know what’s going on, just keep quite and listen to all ends with evidences to understand. But this is not what US and European Union are doing. They have decided to rely on lies of one faction news that’s the source for all international media because they are just an international organization doing their best to appear innocents, and have decided to close their eyes on anything else. I am asking you just to listen to the majority of the people who have all the evidences and who are united: People, Army, Police, Azhar and church all in the face of terrorism, which Morsi has nurtured during his 1 year and liberated/freed all the dangerous terrorists and criminals who are sentenced to life prision and who are now doing all this blood shed in Egypt and making heavy assaults on Military and Police, not to mention innocent civilians.

    May God always unite Egypt in the face of terrorism and in the face of any international plot aiming at its destruction.

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