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McCain calls for suspension of US military aid to Egypt

Published on Jul 7, 2013 6:09 AM
 
Senator John McCain speaks during a press conference as Senator Lindsey Graham (unseen) listens on, in Jerusalem, on June 30 2013. Republican Senator John McCain called for a suspension of US military aid to Egypt after the army ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, breaking with the official position in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Republican Senator John McCain called for a suspension of US military aid to Egypt after the army ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, breaking with the official position in Washington.

"I've thought long and hard about this, but I believe that we have to suspend the aid to the Egyptian military, because the Egyptian military has overturned the vote of the people of Egypt," Mr McCain said Friday evening at a press conference in his home state of Arizona.

"We cannot repeat the same mistakes we made at other times in our history by supporting the removal of freely elected governments," the 2008 presidential candidate said.

"So I believe that the aid has to be suspended, that the Egyptian military has to set a timetable for elections and new Constitution, and then we should evaluate whether to continue the aid or not.

 
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