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Deputy spokesperson of the U.S. State Department Marie Harf said that the United States communicates the Muslim Brotherhood but denied that this means it supports the organization, reported Youm7.
Harf said on Friday in a meeting with foreign journalists in Washington that the U.S. communicates with all political sides in Egypt yet does not support any individual or political group, “We only support Egyptian people,” she added.
Harf dismissed what she described as a “conspiracy theory” regarding U.S. support to the Brotherhood. “This cannot be real, we do not support them,” she said, adding that they only support the Egyptian people in achieving democracy.
As to its military aid to Egypt, Harf said that the U.S. administration is still evaluating its policy on Cairo. She said that the decision to continue its aid would be based on the steps that the Egyptian government takes towards democracy.
“Our relation with Cairo is so important, but we are not satisfied with many things in Egypt now” she added.
Harf said that the U.S. administration spoke with the Egyptian government and the Arab Gulf states that seek to finance the Russian arms deal. She said that other countries are looking to build relations with Egypt but that the United States was unparalleled as an ally, “If we compare between the economic and military abilities of the U.S. and Russia,” she said, “we are better.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he hoped to decide soon on whether to restore the full $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt, reported AFP.
The United States has halted a large portion of its $1.5 billion mostly military aid to Egypt since October 2013, justifying the freeze by saying the interim government needed to move back towards democracy, according to AFP.
Harf said that Egypt’s relation with Russia would not harm the historical and strong relation between Egypt and Washington, reported Al-Wafd newspaper.
Additional reported by Bahaa Al-Taweel.
Dans une interview parue vendredi dans le quotidien officiel "Al-Ahram", le président égyptien par intérim, Adly Mansour, a annoncé que le pays aura un président élu dans moins de deux mois et demi.
"Je vous dit, confiant, que dans deux mois et demi, l'Égypte aura un président élu, à qui je transférerai le pouvoir de décision", a affirmé Adly Mansour, le président égyptien par intérim, dans un entretien paru le 14 mars dans le quotidien officiel Al-Ahram.
Après la chute du président islamiste Mohamed Morsile 3 juillet, les nouvelles autorités égyptiennes avaient promis en effet une transition démocratique devant déboucher sur la présidentielle. Une étape cruciale de la feuille de route adoptée.
Interim president Adly Mansour said Egypt will have an "elected" leader in two and a half months, in an interview published Friday by the state-owned Al-Ahram daily.
The presidential election is seen as a major milestone in a transitional roadmap outlined by the military-installed authorities for a return to democratic rule after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.
Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made no secret of his intention to stand in the election -- which is scheduled to be held sometime this spring -- but has yet to announce his candidacy officially.
Since he announced Morsi's ouster on July 3, Sisi has emerged as Egypt's most popular political figure and a nationalist icon, with supporters viewing him as a tough leader who can restore stability after three years of unrest following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
"I am telling you with all confidence that two and a half months from now Egypt will have an elected president and I will hand him the decision-making power," Mansour told Al-Ahram.
The sizable financing provided by the Gulf countries, in particular Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Egypt since the popular uprising in 2011 led many observers to conclude that Gulf states have started using their vast resources to shape the region, direct political developments, and mold strategic relationships; in other words, the Gulf is now engaged in “geoeconomics”—the use of economic instruments to achieve geopolitical objectives.
Egypt reached an agreement to import a new cure for Hepatitis C at a reduced cost, worth only one percent of its international price, an official statement by the Ministry of Health reported late Wednesday.
The National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute (NHTMRI) led negotiations for the new deal with a US-based pharmaceutical company to enable Hepatitis C patients in Egypt to receive a six-month treatment plan for only LE13,000 (US$1900) instead of over one million pounds if sold at international prices.
According to the World Health Organization, Egypt has the highest prevalence of HCV in the world, with 10-14 percent — 8 to 10 million — infected and an approximate 1.5 million in need of treatment. Of these, Gamal Esmat, professor of liver disease in Cairo told Mada Masr that the vast majority are in the Nile Delta region.
By THE CAIRO POST
CAIRO: Minister of Finance Hany Kadry announced Thursday that the new wealth tax is only a proposal that has been presented by number of businessmen and has not been approved or outlined in a law.
Thereby, he denied that the proposed tax would be put on wealth. Instead, incomes above 1 million EGP would be taxed with an additional 5 percent.
The proposed additional income tax would be in line with articles in the new constitution on the extension of progressive taxation.
The minister said that the government and the business sector are on the same page regarding the new tax. He added that the tax system aims to develop state revenues, achieve social justice and ensure sustainable development.
Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar.