An Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Thursday criticized a decision by the United States to halt some military and economic aid to the army-backed government.
“The decision was wrong. Egypt will not surrender to American pressure and is continuing its path towards democracy as set by the roadmap,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdelatty told a private Egyptian radio station.
Washington on Wednesday confirmed it was halting the delivery of Apache helicopters, as well as Harpoon missiles and tank parts to Egypt’s military leaders.
U.S. officials stressed that the cut in military aid was not meant to be permanent.
The State Department said it would not cut off all aid and would continue military support for counterterrorism, counter-proliferation and security in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders U.S. ally Israel.
It also said it would continue to provide funding that benefits the Egyptian people in such areas as education, health and the development of the private sector.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that the decision would freeze “large-scale military systems and cash assistance to the government pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections,” according to Agence France-Presse.
Following President Mohammad Mursi’s ouster by the military in July, the Pentagon cancelled a planned military exercise with Egypt and postponed the delivery of four F-16 fighters.
The United States has provided billions in aid to Cairo since the 1979 Camp David peace deal that ensures peace between Egypt and Israel.