Hagel and Sobhi discuss regional issues, including ISIS
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US aid to Egypt to be reviewed to avoid it being used “as a tool for pressure”
Kerry set to certify Egypt’s commitment to relationship with US and obligations under Israel peace treaty, unable to certify democratic progress
The US Secretary of Defence stressed the importance of a transparent referendum
The US Defence Secretary discussed developments with the Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi on the phone
Ties have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt as well as over sanctuaries for Afghan Taliban insurgents inside Pakistan’s borders.
US Defence Secretary hopes Egypt will fulfil roadmap “with the least possible tension”
Foreign Minister calls for all countries in the region to reassess their approach to security
Foreign minister scheduled to attend two international summits this week
US state department announced it would halt parts of its aid to Egypt pending progress towards democratically elected civilian government
Hagel calls on interim government to show commitment to the roadmap.
Hagel reiterated Washington’s appeal for dialogue amid ongoing bloodshed in Egypt
Brotherhood spokesperson calls on US public to stand up to administration for “supporting tyranny and dictatorship”
After having rejected the idea previously, Obama’s deputies were weighing the option of providing weapons to Syria’s outgunned opposition
Hagel met with his Egyptian counterpart, General Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, and President Mohammad Morsi