Reuters ‘inaccurate’ over U.S. aid to Egypt: presidency spokesman



Thu, 21 Sep 2017 - 12:07 GMT


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 - 12:07 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - Press photo

U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - Press photo

NEW YORK – 21 September 2017: Egypt’s Presidency denied media reports claiming that both Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, discussed the U.S. aid to Egypt, adding that such remarks are “inaccurate.”

“Reuters was inaccurate in its remarks about the U.S. aid to Egypt … I hope the agency would abide with the official statements issued by the American side," said Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef in remarks to reporters at Sisi’s residency in New York.

During both presidents’ meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72), Reuters reported that “United States will consider resuming some suspended military assistance to Egypt, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday.”

In August, the U.S. administration halted $95.7 million in aid and delayed $195 million over “human rights concerns.”

President Sisi expressed in his meeting with Trump Egypt’s aspiration for further coordination and consultation with the U.S. on various issues in the region, particularly that of counterterrorism, “which poses a great threat to the stability of the region and the world.” He also emphasized that putting an end to funding and harboring terrorists is a must.

Sisi offered his condolences to Trump for the victims of Hurricane Irma, which claimed the lives of at least 61 people and caused considerable damage.

The U.S. President hailed the distinguished bilateral relations with Egypt, stressing the importance of promoting ways of enhancing them, Youssef added.

Trump told the Egyptian president that the U.S. appreciates everything he's done and vice versa. He says U.S.-Egyptian relations are "very good," AP reported.



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