So it was ok to send the jets to Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power but not when the secular military is in charge?
US President Barack Obama has taken a personal decision to suspend the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, claiming it is no longer “appropriate” following the toppling Mohamed Morsi’s government.
“Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement.
Little said that Obama had been unanimously supported by his security team.
Four fighter jets were to be delivered to Egypt this week as part of the $1.3 billion military assistance package for the country.
The fate of further military aid to Egypt has not been decided, but a law passed last year forbids the US from helping any country whose government was installed by a coup. The administration has so far gone to some lengths to avoid officially labeling the overthrow of Morsi as a military coup.
Former senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi, narrowly elected in Egypt’s first democratic vote last year, was forced to resign at the beginning at the month, following mass protests and an intervention by the army.
Morsi is currently detained at an unknown location in Egypt, in a move the new government says is “for his own good”.