US Commander Says Washington to Provide Egypt with F-15 Fighter Jets

Head of US Central Command in the Middle East, General Frank McKenzie said on Wednesday that the US plans to approve the sale of F-15 fighter jets to Egypt, development after the Biden administration had earlier cut $130 million in military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns.

McKenzie revealed the plan in a congressional hearing that the US would likely provide Egypt with F-15 fighter jets.

“I think we have good news in that we’re going to provide them with F-15s, which was a long, hard slog,” McKenzie was quoted by Reuters.

McKenzie didn’t provide further details, but last month he visited Cairo and talked about “very robust” military assistance to the country.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Washington approved a $2.5 billion defense-sales agreement for Egypt, which includes advanced air-defense radars and C-130 Super Hercules transport aircraft.

However, earlier this year, the Biden administration said it would redirect $130 million of the $1.3 billion in US annual security aid to Egypt after Cairo failed to meet human rights benchmarks laid out by Washington.

There has been no comment from the Egyptian government on the matter so far.

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