In a move that may be different from the human rights file in Egypt, the Foreign Policy magazine website said on Tuesday that the US State Department raised the idea of cutting part of the annual military aid to Egypt, the strategic ally of the White House, after the death of the Egyptian-American prisoner Mustafa Qassem, in his prison. Early this year.
After Israel, Egypt comes as the second largest recipient of US military aid, at a value of $ 1.3 billion annually, for nearly 40 years, which started following the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement in 1979, mediated by then US President Jimmy Carter.
Although the military coup authorities in Egypt, which had a poor human rights record, released the activists, Muhammad Sultan, and Aya Hijazi, mediated by the Americans in 2015 and 2017, they refused to release Qasim, who was arrested after the fourth sit-in and Al-Nahda rebellion August 2013. , Despite Washington’s calls for Sisi to release him until his death.
He refused to release the Americans of Egyptian origin
Three American citizens of US citizens still remain in the prisons of Egypt. They are Reem Desouki, Khaled Hassan and Muhammad Al-Amash, and two of the permanent residents are Ola Al-Qaradawi and her husband Hossam Khalaf.
Foreign Policy, in its report, quoting 4 sources, confirmed that the US State Department is considering cutting 300 million dollars in military aid to Egypt to protest Qassem’s death in prison without providing him with treatment, what Congressional representatives considered a violation of human rights that is repeated every year, and requires preventing part Of American aid to Egypt.
request to cut aid to Egypt
And she talked about a memorandum sent by the agency’s Near East Affairs office to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in early March, calling for cutting $ 300 million in US military aid to Egypt because of Qasim‘s death.
As a result of Egypt‘s human rights issue, which drew international criticism, the US Congress issued several recommendations in previous years to prevent part of aid without implementation, but this time the recommendation came from the US State Department, without the objection of the US administration so far.