WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says there's been "no decision" to stop or suspend U.S. aid to Egypt.
Another U.S. official agrees, saying American companies are still being paid for Egypt aid programs, and that "nothing has stopped." The official says the administration plans to spend all of the remaining military assistance money before the fiscal year ends at the end of next month.
But on Capitol Hill, a Senate aide is saying the U.S. has stopped providing military assistance to Egypt. The aide says a Senate Appropriations panel has been told that the "transfer of military aid was stopped" amid the ongoing Egyptian security operations against the Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
David Carle, an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, added that the aid freeze is "current practice, not necessarily official policy." He says there's "no indication of how long it will last."
Administration officials have said they're reviewing U.S. aid to Egypt, in light of the violent confrontations between security forces and demonstrators that have left almost 1,000 people dead in the last week. But they say no final decisions have been made.
Still, the State Department revealed yesterday that Washington still hasn't delivered some $585 million -- almost half the annual military aid package -- for the fiscal year that ends in six weeks.
164-a-09-(George Little, Pentagon press secretary, with reporters)-"at this time"-Pentagon Press Secretary George Little says the administration says it's still reviewing options regarding aid to Egypt beyond a previously announced decision to cut off delivery of four fighter jets. (20 Aug 2013)
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