President Barack Obama’s cancellation of the Pentagon’s scheduled military exercise with Egypt was a rebuke that underscored the limits of U.S. influence with the nation’s generals, who benefit from $1.3 billion a year in American military aid.
Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour vowed to press ahead with the government’s plans, sending a warning to backers of ousted President Mohamed Mursi that “those who stay behind will bear the consequences.”
Egypt denounced interference from other nations as visiting U.S. and European diplomats persisted in efforts to broker an end to the crisis triggered by the military’s ouster of President Mohamed Mursi.
Egypt’s interim rulers said they will allow limited time for mediation efforts to deal with two sit- ins where supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi have been holed up, in a bid to avoid bloodshed.
The Obama administration, in a move that may protect U.S. aid to Egypt, has concluded that it doesn’t have to make a formal determination on whether the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi was a coup, a State Department official said.
U.S. officials told their Chinese counterparts that they were “very disappointed” with the way authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong handled the case of Edward Snowden, the former intellegence contractor who disclosed U.S. programs that collect phone and Internet data.
Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Mursi fought with security forces and at least seven were killed, as persistent violence overshadowed the army- backed interim government’s effort to stabilize the nation.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan today on his sixth trip to the Middle East in as many months to push Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks and meet with Arab officials to discuss the upheaval in Egypt and Syria.