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Obama re-evaluates aid to Cairo

· The decision made ​​in the aftermath of the bloody confrontations in Egypt ·

Morsi supporters announce new protest

The tension in the Egyptian streets is increasingly high. Morsi supporters announced that a major protest will take place Friday, and the United States stated that they will re-evaluate their financial support of Cairo. The situation in Egypt, therefore, is more complex with the appointed Prime Minister El Beblawi struggling to put together a new government.

Barack Obama, the President of the United States, has ordered a re-evaluation of the American aid  programs assisting the Egyptian Government. “Given the events of last week, the President has directed relevant departments and agencies to review our assistance to the government of Egypt”, the statememt from the Pentagon reads. The document does not explicitly mention the democratically elected President Mohamed Mursi's removal by the army. The White House is carefully assessing the situation, but for the moment – says sources from Administration, according to the media – this will not stop the planned delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt. This provision is part of a broader agreement, which includes the delivery of twenty of these jets, eight of which already arrived in Egypt in January.

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