WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is dissatisfied with Egypt's progress toward reinstating a democratic government, yet it's holding out the possibility of restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in aid if Egypt moves toward free and fair elections.
At stake is a sizable portion of the $1.5 billion the U.S. provides its Middle East ally each year.
The State Department says the decision announced Wednesday to freeze some U.S. aid for Egypt isn't permanent and says the assistance could be restored if "credible progress" is made toward setting up an inclusive government. Officials didn't say publicly how much aid is being held back.
Last summer a military coup overthrew the elected if unpopular government of President Mohammed Morsi and called for elections early next year. However, political turmoil and violence continue.