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US lifts freeze, will deliver Apache choppers to Egypt

Published on Apr 23, 2014 1:17 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will lift a suspension on the delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt after concluding Cairo has upheld its peace treaty with Israel, US officials said Tuesday.

Despite concerns about Egypt's failure to embrace democratic reforms following the ouster of president Muhamed Mursi, the US government will provide Cairo with 10 Apache aircraft, the Pentagon said.

Hagel informed Egyptian Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhy of President Barack Obama's decision in a phone call earlier Tuesday, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

The choppers are meant to bolster "counterterrorism operations in the Sinai", he said.

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