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article imageWhite House looks forward to working with Egypt's new president

By Paul Iddon     Jun 4, 2014 in Politics
Following Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's presidential victory in Egypt the U.S administration has said that it is looking forward to working with Mr. Sisi. They urge him to carry out human rights reforms in his country.
AFP tells us the White House will work with Sisi in order "to advance our strategic partnership and the many interests shared by the United States and Egypt."
The White House also said that, "We urge the president-elect and the government to adopt the reforms that are needed to govern their accountability and transparency, ensure justice for every individual, and demonstrate a commitment to the protection of the universal rights of all Egyptians."
CNN reported that Sisi has just been declared the winner of the election having gotten a whopping 96 percent of the vote in the highly controversial presidential election.
AP also tells us that the White House is pleased that observers haven't been banned from Egypt. However the says U.S. it is concerned about what it calls the "restrictive political environment" which existed around that election.
For the U.S. administration to continue its hefty $1.5 billion worth of aid a year to Egypt it must be able to prove that Egypt is taking solid and verifiable steps to becoming democracy. Otherwise Congress can prevent the administration from doing so under U.S. law.
One exception to this last April was the planned delivery of ten Apache helicopter gunships to the Egyptian military to help it in its counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.
As Al-Monitor points out these helicopters were already paid for under a 2009 agreement. However they remain in storage in the United States at this time due to fears that they will be used against civilians.
One State Department official explained that, "The aircraft are in storage at Fort Hood, Texas. We are making decisions with respect to our assistance to Egypt in consultation with Congress, and are working to determine when the Apaches would be shipped."
An Egyptian official however contends that, "What we have been trying to say for the past couple of months or more, is that there is a dire need for the Apaches for the operations in the Sinai. We are not the only ones who are saying this. Everybody in the region is saying it. The Israelis, the Emiratis, the Saudis – people actually want to help."
The F-16 Fighting Falcons, M1 Abrams main battle tanks and Harpoon missiles allotted for the Egyptian military last year have yet to be shipped neither.
Sisi has recently claimed that without such military aid Egypt is at risk of becoming "another Afghanistan" .
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