White House says reports of aid cuts to Egypt inaccurate

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The White House said on Tuesday that media reports suggesting that the United States has cut aid to Egypt are inaccurate, adding that President Barack Obama will hold a Cabinet-level meeting to discuss the issue.

"That review has not concluded and ... published reports to the contrary that assistance to Egypt has been cut off are not accurate," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing.

But Israeli sources told Al Arabiya that Obama has indeed quietly halted aid to Egypt to meet Congressional demands and send a message to Egypt’s General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The decision, however, technically means nothing, the sources said, because the $585 million of promised aid to the Egyptian military in 2013 is not due until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, giving Obama more time to maneuver.

The Daily Beast had quoted Senator Patrick Leahy as saying that it was his understanding that "aid to the Egyptian military has been halted, as required by law.”

According to the The Beast’s report, “the Obama administration has decided to temporarily suspend the disbursement of most direct military aid, the delivery of weapons to the Egyptian military, and some forms of economic aid to the Egyptian government while it conducts a broad review of the relationship."

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