Hagel Notifies Egypt of Upcoming U
Hagel Notifies Egypt of
Upcoming U.S. Certification
American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. – (AFPS) – April 23, 2014 –
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart yesterday that
Secretary of State John F. Kerry soon will certify to Congress that Egypt is
sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States and is meeting its
obligations under the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.
In a statement summarizing Hagel’S phone call to Egyptian
Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm.
John Kirby said these certifications are required to obligate fiscal year 2014
funds for assistance to the Egyptian government.
“Secretary Hagel told General Sobhy that we are not yet able
to certify that Egypt is taking steps to support a democratic transition,” Kirby
said, “and he urged the Egyptian government to demonstrate progress on a more
inclusive transition that respects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of
Hagel also informed Sobhy of President Barack Obama's
decision to deliver 10 Apache helicopters in support of Egypt’s counterterrorism
operations in the Sinai, Kirby said.
“The secretary noted that we believe these new helicopters
will help the Egyptian government counter extremists who threaten U.S., Egyptian,
and Israeli security,” he added. “This is one element of the president’s broader
efforts to work with partners across the region to build their capacity to
counter terrorist threats, and is in the United States’ national security
State Department Fact Sheet on Egypt
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of
Defense Col. General Sedki Sobhy