Washington DC, 26 Dhulqa’dah 1435/21 September 2014 (MINA) – US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support war against Sinai’s militant.
The United States originally announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the attack helicopters to Egypt, imposed last year after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, Ahram online quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
The suspension came as of the US law forbids sending aid to a country under coup-de-etat, although Barack Obama denies as saying what happened to Egypt in 2012 was not a coup.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said at the time that the helicopters would support Egypt’s operations in the Sinai Peninsula.
On Saturday, Kirby said Hagel had confirmed to General Sobhy that Washington planned to deliver the helicopters, built by Boeing Co., but gave no date.
Kirby said Hagel also thanked Egypt for its role in brokering a ceasefire to end the latest Israeli assault on Gaza.(T/R04/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)