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US says no decision yet on unblocking Egypt aid

Published on Jan 17, 2014 7:41 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) administration is closely watching the results of Egypt's referendum, but has not yet decided whether to unfreeze some US$1.5 billion (S$1.9 billion) in aid to its military-installed leaders, a US official said on Thursday.

A broad federal spending bill, which has passed the House of Representatives but is still being debated in the Senate, authorises Washington to send a first tranche of US$975 million to Egypt.

But US Secretary of State John Kerry first has to certify that the current leaders have held a constitutional referendum and are taking steps to support a democratic transition.

A further US$576 million in aid would flow if and when Egypt holds parliamentary and presidential elections and Kerry certifies the new government is governing democratically.

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