House Ties Military Aid to Egypt to Human Rights Progress

[AFP/Yahoo] The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation aimed at pressuring Egypt to improve its human rights record by withholding $200 million in military funds until progress is made. Egypt, a leading recipient of U.S. economic and military aid, has received more than $60 billion since 1979. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Thursday responded: "Egypt cannot accept to abandon its sovereign rights, (or accept) any encroachment on the right of the Egyptian people to freedom of choice and independence."

2007-06-15 01:00:00

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