US Approves $200m Weapon Sale to Egypt Despite Human Rights Abuses

The United States has approved the sale of $200m worth of arms to Egypt but will continue to press human rights abuse cases after an American activist was harassed by Egyptian authorities.

In a statement released, the State Department approved the sale of “Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles.”

They said Egypt has requested to buy 168 of the tactical missiles including related equipment and other logistics support services. 

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally country that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East.”

“The proposed sale will support the Egyptian Navy’s Fast Missile Craft ships and provide significantly enhanced area defense capabilities over Egypt’s coastal areas and approaches to the Suez Canal,” the statement also said. 

The deal comes amidst human rights concerns in Egypt. 

Recently, Egyptian authorities have raided the homes of US citizen activist Mohamed Soltan’s relatives and detained his two cousins in order to allegedly intimidate him.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “we take seriously all allegations of arbitrary arrest or detention.”

“We will bring our values with us into every relationship that we have across the globe. That includes our close security partners. That includes with Egypt,” Price added.

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