U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo (REUTERS/Charles Dharapak).

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Obama administration to Sissi: Egypt-bound weapons released with caveat

April 6, 2015, Tamara Cofman Wittes

As the conflict in Yemen escalated last week, the Obama administration announced the release of a number of Egypt-bound military weapons that had been withheld since the 2013 overthrow of their first democratically elected president. Tamara Cofman Wittes argues that President Obama’s decision remains consistent with American concern for Egyptian and regional stability, but additionally cautions that until President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi can reciprocate concrete steps of his own that address U.S. concerns, a reset in relations will remain elusive.

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