(Reuters) – The United States is leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote counter-terrorism, security in the Sinai Peninsula that borders Israel, and other such priorities, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
The official said U.S. President Barack Obama had not made a final decision on the issue, which has vexed U.S. officials as they balance a desire to be seen promoting democracy and rights with a desire to keep up some cooperation with Egypt’s military.
The military on July 3 overthrew President Mohamed Mursi, who emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood movement to become Egypt’s first freely elected president last year, following the end of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in February 2011.
Mursi supporters and security forces have repeatedly clashed since, including on Sunday, one of the bloodiest days since the military took power, with state media reporting 57 people dead.
After Mursi’s ouster, the Obama…
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