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U.S. Approves $2.5 Billion Arms Sale to Egypt Despite Human Rights Abuses

HeadlineJan 27, 2022

The Biden administration has approved a weapons sale to Egypt valued at over $2.5 billion, despite voicing concerns over human rights abuses by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, which the U.S. government has used as justification for withholding $130 million in military aid. State Department spokesperson Ned Price was questioned about the weapons deal Tuesday.

Matt Lee: “What is the point of holding — withholding $130 million in foreign military financing when you’re just going to turn around and sell them $2.5 billion in weapons?”

Ned Price: “Matt, if we have anything to add on that, on the report you’re referencing, we’ll let you know.”

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