The announcement of continued military aid comes as Egypt is preparing to step up its involvement in a Saudi-led war in Yemen.
The U.S. on Tuesday lifted a freeze on sending arms to Egypt imposed after a military-backed coup overthrew the country’s elected government.National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the decision came after a 20-month review of the administration’s policy.
“Now that the process has been completed, the Administration will use the flexibility provided by Congress in legislation this fiscal year to provide additional military assistance to Egypt,” Meehan said in a statement. “The Administration will not make the so-called ‘democracy certification’ in that legislation.”
That military assistance will come in the form of ” 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits that have been held from delivery,” Meehan said. The U.S. will also continue to request the annual $1.3 billion in military assistance from Congress moving forward.