Obama says US to cancel military exercise with Egypt because of rising violence
CHILMARK, Massachusetts (AFP) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the United States has cancelled military exercises with Egypt to protest the killing of hundreds of protesters.
Mr Obama urged Egypt's army-installed authorities to lift a state of emergency and allow peaceful protests but stopped short of suspending US$1.3 billion (S$1.7 billion) in annual military aid.
"While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back," Mr Obama told reporters at his vacation home on Martha's Vineyard.
Mr Obama said the United States informed Egypt that it was suspending the Bright Star exercises, which has been scheduled every two years since 1981.