President Barack Obama’s first package of post-coup economic aid to Egypt is hitting a roadblock in Congress, where a key Republican senator is holding up the transfer of $60 million to a program to spur private investment in Egypt’s flailing economy, according to U.S. officials and congressional aides.
Egypt’s military-backed authorities arrested the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader on Tuesday, dealing a serious blow to the embattled movement at a time when it is struggling to keep up street protests against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in the face of a harsh government crackdown.
Turkey’s prime minister is pointing the finger at Israel for the toppling of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government.
President Barack Obama is calling for an end to the violence in Egypt a day after 525 people were killed in protests across the country.
The Obama administration is condemning Wednesday’s violence in Egypt that has left nearly 150 people dead.
Egypt’s presidency said Wednesday that diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the standoff between the country’s military-backed interim leadership and the Muslim Brotherhood have failed.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Barack Obama has asked him and Sen. John McCain to travel to Egypt to urge the military to move ahead on elections.
A senior U.S. diplomat on Monday urged Egypt’s military and new interim leadership to ensure an “inclusive” transition to democracy, dismissing accusations that Washington backs any one side in the deeply polarized country.
President Barack Obama and his national security team tread delicately Thursday in the aftermath of the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, urging the restive nation to quickly return authority to a democratically elected civilian government and avoid violence.
President Barack Obama issued a statement Wednesday evening regarding the decision made by the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power.