Egypt could survive without US military aid: Interim PM
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) - Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said in an interview on Tuesday it would be a mistake if the United States (US) cut off military aid but insisted Cairo could survive without it.
A possible move by Washington to stop US weapons deliveries and other assistance to Egypt "will be a bad sign and will badly affect the military for some time," Mr Beblawi told ABC News.
A violent crackdown by Egypt's security forces against supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mousi has prompted Washington to cancel an exercise and delay the transfer of four F-16s, amid speculation more aid could be withheld from Cairo.
But Mr Beblawi said that, in the past, Egypt had turned to Russia for weapons and would find a way forward, even without American help if necessary.