US Reaffirms Its Delivery of Apache Helicopters to Egypt

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    US to send 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt
    Daily News Egypt / August 30, 2014 / 0 Comments

    Kerry describes Egypt as “strategic partner” on regional issues in phone call with Egyptian counterpart

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    United States Secretary of State John Kerry has informed his Egyptian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, that the US intends to proceed with deliveries of 10 Apache helicopters to the Egyptian military.

    Kerry said in a phone call with Shoukry on Friday that he recognises the threat from extremists groups to the whole region, especially in Sinai.

    Kerry was quoted as saying by US Embassy Acting Spokesman Walter Parrs: “We believe the new helicopters are a critical tool that will help the Egyptian government counter those threats”. Kerry described Egypt as a “strategic partner of the United States on key regional issues”.

    The decision was made in support of Egypt’s current turbulent security situation. Crossfire between Egypt’s armed forces and rebel groups in the Sinai Peninsula has led to 400 deaths from both parties between January through August 2014, including civilians, according to Egyptian military reports.

    Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty confirmed there was a phone call but declined to provide further details.

    The US congress decided in October 2013 to suspend part of its aid pending democratic reforms. However, in January, the US Congress passed a bill, making $1.3bn in military aid available to Egypt in 2014.

    Among the requirements Egypt must meet to receive the aid is that it maintains “the strategic relationship with the US”. In June, $572m of the total $1.3bn military aid was released to Egypt.

    Kerry and Shoukry also discussed Egyptian efforts to facilitate the ceasefire initiative between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza. Kerry said: “Egypt has also been a strategic partner of the United States on key regional issues, as shown by their helpful role in reaching a ceasefire in Gaza.”

    Egyptian Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhi met Saturday with a US-congressional delegation to foster relations between both countries, through exchanging insights on restoring security in the region.

    In the transitional phase after the ouster of the former president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt signed several economic and aid agreement, including aid packages of up to $5.8bn in January from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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    A good, notable, and understandable signs of progression between both countries.
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    Good news indeed.
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    US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt
    Washington announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the attack helicopters to Egypt

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defence Minister Colonel General Sedqi Sobhi on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support Cairo’s counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon said.

    The United States originally announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the attack helicopters to Egypt, imposed last year after the military’s ouster of President Mohammad Mursi and an ensuing crackdown against protesters.

    Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said at the time that the helicopters would support Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.

    On Saturday, Kirby said Hagel had confirmed to General Sobhi that Washington planned to deliver the helicopters, built by Boeing Co., but gave no date.

    Kirby said Hagel also thanked Egypt for its role in brokering a ceasefire to end the latest round of Gaza fighting between Hamas and Israel.

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    Egypt has close to 50 Apache plus these 10 and we are still barely getting Cobra Gun ships

    Egyptian forces have certainly got their hands stuck in cookie jar

    a) Apache
    b) F16
    c) Abraham Tanks
    d) Ample production of transport vehicles for troops (Trucks / Jeeps)

    I was quite impressed by the Transport capabilities at least for the ground troops
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