But it does send an important signal more broadly that the US
US aid cuts to Egypt ‘will not alter Sisi’s behaviour’
moncler sale outlet The United States’move to cut and delay economic and military aid to Egyptis symbolic and will not have a major effect on Egypt’s capabilities, analysts cheap moncler outlet say. moncler sale outlet
moncler outlet “Egypt will still receive the vast majority of its $1.3bn in military assistance,” said Sarah Yerkes, a fellow at the Washington based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. moncler outlet
“This [move] is far more symbolic than practical. It is embarrassing to Egypt, but it will not have a major impact on Egypt’s capabilities,” Yerkes told Al Jazeera.
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The law, which introduces jail terms of up to five years for non compliance, is largely seen by civil society groups as part of a wider strategy to crackdown on public dissent. During a visit to Washington last April, Egyptian officials had pledged to scrap the draft law, which received much criticism from international rights groups such as US based Human buy moncler jackets Rights Watch.
moncler jacket sale Egypt’s foreign ministry described the aid cut and delay move as a “misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that have bound the two countries for decades.” moncler jacket sale
“[The move] reflects a lack of careful understanding of the importance of cheap moncler jackets supporting the stability and success of Egypt, as well as the size and nature of the security and economic challenges faced by the Egyptian people,” the statement added.
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But the cut is little in comparison to what is in the “pipeline” for Egypt.
cheap moncler According to Cole Bockenfeld, deputy director for policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy,at least $400m in economic assistance is in the works for Egypt, much of which is “actively obstructed by the Egyptian government”. cheap moncler
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Robert Springborg, Middle East expert and non resident fellow cheap moncler sale at the Italian Institute of International moncler outlet sale Affairs, told Al Jazeera that the move is part of the Trump administration’s proposal to drastically reduce funds, especially to the Middle East.
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moncler outlet sale “But the other important factor is the general ‘getting tough’ approach of Trump, which we see with regard to various ‘allies’ which he would like to see supporting the US in more direct, manifest ways,” he said, also referencing Egypt’s support for North Korea. moncler outlet sale
Egypt has been a recipient of US aid since it established diplomatic relations with the Israel, following the signing of the 1978 https://www.kinkhost.com Camp David Accords, brokered by then US President Jimmy Carter.
As part of the cheap moncler accords, a biennial series of joint military exercises led by Egypt and the US troops in Egypt had commenced in 1980. Referred to as Operation Bright Star, the coalition training is designed to strengthen ties between the two forces, and assist Cheap Moncler Jackets the US in rooting its Middle East allies.
By the early 1990s, Egypt became one of the US’ major military allies in the region. Although the event had been suspended since 2009, it is scheduled to recommence next month. According to Cole, Egypt has sufficient funds in their account to continue military operations “unimpeded”.
cheap moncler outlet Yerkes said that it is unlikely for Egypt to implement drastic measures at this stage, by cancelling Operation Bright Star, for instance. cheap moncler outlet
“It was such a win for Egypt that the US decided to reinstate it. Cancelling it would be a very big deal,” she told Al Jazeera.
Similarly, Issandr El Amrani, head of the North Africa section at the International Crisis moncler mens jackets Group, told Al Jazeera that the move to suspend aid does not appear to be linked to any development in Egypt US relations, especially since the Bright Start military exercises will officially resume.
cheap moncler jackets “If the cuts do monlcer down jackets go ahead, it might be because the US either wants to send the signal about ‘the worsening human rights situation in Egypt’ or, more simply, because the Trump administration does not see the Congress accepting to disburse the aid money,” explained El Amrani. cheap moncler jackets
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