March 22nd, 2012
04:10 PM ET

Clinton uses waiver to approve aid to Egypt

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will use waiver authority to allow for a restarting of military aid to Egypt's military without having to affirm that the military is committed to a transition to civilian rule, according to a statement issued by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

In a statement issued on Thursday, Leahy said he was "disappointed" by the decision:

"I know Secretary Clinton wants the democratic transition in Egypt to succeed, but by waiving the conditions we send a contradictory message. The Egyptian military should be defending fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, not harassing and arresting those who are working for democracy. They should end trials of civilians in military courts and fully repeal the Emergency Law, and our policy should not equivocate on these key reforms. Now that Secretary Clinton has decided to use the law’s waiver authority, she should use the flexibility the law provides and release no more taxpayer funds than is demonstrably necessary, withholding the rest in the Treasury pending further progress in the transition to democracy.”

Filed under: Clinton • Egypt • Middle East • State Department
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  1. wind101

    "Hillary Clinton will use waiver authority" to support the return of " dictatorship + extremist religious" state in Egypt 2012 . Well, thanks to Obama administration for revealing their real ugly face and their true intentions about destroying and cracking down our great #Jan25 Egyptian revolution.. Little notice here too for Obama administration : Egyptians did not wait for US support to get ride of the dictatorship and will not depend on such hypocrisy administration to support #Jan25 revolt. Egyptians know exactly how much full support you gave to the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak through his all 30 years of diminishing Egyptians present and future. We did not forget your support for him in every political situation for any reason. Just today, to disclosed on your real face to the world . USA supports dictatorship and diminishing of human rights and civil society in Egypt . Period

    March 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  2. Gimble

    To many important decisions are being taken without approval of the People of the Country.

    What happened to "I will be tranparent". Was that just BS to ensure we all voted for Democrats.

    March 23, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  3. mipolitic

    thats to release the american detainees .

    March 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  4. the wise

    Funny, how the enemies of Israel consolidate...


    March 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply

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