Saudi Arabia hopes no international measures be taken against Egypt

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Saudi Arabia expressed on Tuesday hopes that no measures will be taken by any party that might derail the Egyptian government’s efforts to restore stability.

“We expect the world community to support the efforts of the Egyptian government to achieve the security, stability and prosperity that we all hope to see and not to take any measures or adopt policies that might derail and cripple those efforts as well,” Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said in statements carried by the state news agency SPA.

Prince al-Faisal also expressed the kingdom’s hope “that all the political forces in Egypt would take part in and contribute to these efforts in a way that guarantees and enhances the national unity and coherence of the Egyptian people.”

Al-Faisal’s statement came as the United States said was reviewing its financial aid to Egypt and ahead of an EU meeting on Wednesday to discuss possible response to the violence in Egypt.

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.

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