Egypt Snubs Kushner, Cancels Meeting After US Yanks $300 Million In Aid

Tyler Durden's picture

Trump's son-in-law and the White House "global peace" adviser, Jared Kushner, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday only to learn that his top-level meeting with Egyptian officials had apparently been cancelled, as Egypt lashed out at the Trump administration's decision to slash aid to the country.

One day after Reuters reports that the US canceled (or at least delayed) nearly $300 million in aid meant for Egypt on the grounds that its strongman ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi "hasn’t been respecting human rights and democratic norms" the Egyptian government responded by canceling a meeting between its foreign minister and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner that was set for today. Kushner is famously responsible for the administration’s dealings in the Middle East. However, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s office said the president would still meet the U.S. delegation, led by Kushner, later in the day as scheduled, according to Reuters.

Top Egyptian officials believe the US’ decision to deny the aid package was "insensitive" to the valuable strategic relationship that the two countries have shared for decades. Or, simply stated, Egypt wants the periodic handouts established under the Obama administration to continue.

In a statement released Wednesday, just prior to the confusion over Kushner's meetings with the foreign minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hinted that the significant reduction in aid money from Washington could impact cooperation in many areas, and that withdrawing the aid money lacked “an accurate understanding of the importance of supporting Egypt’s stability.

"Egypt considers this step as a misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that binds the two countries over decades," the ministry statement said. "It also underestimates the size and nature of the economic and security challenges facing the Egyptian people, and implies a mixing of cards that may have negative repercussions on achieving Egyptian-American common interests."

Egypt's reason for concern is clear: the north African nation is the second largest recipient of military aid from the United States after Israel, receiving about $1.3 billion annually and the officials noted that the U.S. has provided nearly $80 billion in military and economic assistance to Egypt over the past 30 years. They said the U.S. would continue to support Egypt's efforts to defeat extremists and terrorism as well as the country's economic development.

Egyptian military and law enforcement authorities have battled for months a deadly insurgency by a local ISIS affiliate, along with other jihadist groups, based in the restive Sinai Peninsula. The ISIS group there has carried out many attacks in Egypt, primarily targeting police and religious minorities, including Christians. 

Cairo was the latest stop on Kushner's Mideast trip aimed at exploring the possibilities of reviving the long-dormant Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.  

Kushner's trip comes in the wake of a July crisis between the Israelis and Palestinians at the site of a major Jerusalem holy shrine after Israel installed metal detectors at its entrance after an attack there killed two Israeli officers. The move incensed the Muslim world, triggering some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years. Israel later removed the detectors.

 

Before Egypt, Kushner and the U.S. officials traveled on Tuesday to Jordan, where they met with King Abdullah II, according to the state-run Petra News Agency. The king acknowledged the importance of U.S.  involvement and Trump's commitment to reach a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, the agency said.

In an attempt to save face, Kushner’s office said that the meeting with Shoukry had never been set in stone because "the schedule was never fixed." Since seizing power from a Hillary Clinton and Muslim Brotherhood-backed government in a July 2013 military coup, al-Sisi’s government had maintained an uneasy peace with the Obama Administration, which was quick to stifle any criticism over al-Sisi’s dictatorial methods. It now appears that the pent up ill-will is about to bubble to the surface, perhaps pushing Egypt even deeper into the clutches of an anti-US Middle east axis; since there are several these days, Egypt will even have the option of choosing...

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Ntoxic8ingWave's picture

And there is the problem with providing foreign aid... As soon as you decide that they no longer need it, they turn angry and resentful.

Stackers's picture

We can find 1.3 billion to give to Egypt, but can't find 1.6 billion to secure southern border.... Congress proving where its priorities are...

spastic_colon's picture

we are too busy trying to take over the worlds opium trade from afghanistan.....we almost got it from vietnam

svayambhu108's picture

Watch Egypt, Egypt sets the trend in the ME.

Honey-Badger's picture

This money is given to Egypt on the condition that they spend it with the US MIC. Same as any other funding the US gives globally, it is a MIC circle jerk charity taken directly from US taxpayers.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Definition of foreign aid: When the rich in a rich country take money from the poor to send to the rich in a poor coutry.

techpriest's picture

Who then reinvest a chunk of it with the rich in the rich country.

evoila's picture

We're witholding money from Egypt? Israel and Jordan should be next, if not first.

Mr. Universe's picture

This reminds me of "Your a Good Man Charlie Brown" where Lucy is telling Charlie Brown that nobody likes him. He retorts, "Snoopy like me!" to which Lucy responds, "He only pretends to like you because you feed him."

BullyBearish's picture

turkey buying s400s...egypt next?

StychoKiller's picture

TOUCHE!  Re  Kusher:  Quick, now send him to Iraq, then Libya, then Turkey, then Syria -- let him bask (baste?) in the Luv!

OverTheHedge's picture

A significant portion of the aid never leaves the donor country: there are always lots of research consultancy services to calculate the best use the money will be put to.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/24/foreign-aid-n...

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/09/opinion/where-does-aid-money-really-go...

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Lambda, you and stuck hit the nail right on the head

Iwanttoknow's picture

happy to read comments by knowledegeable folks as opposed to those by know nothing trash.

swmnguy's picture

You mean Kushner?  He does have a certain "Damien" look to him, doesn't he.

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

Read the story on how he bought the 666 building in NYC.  It's um....    illuminating.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

His RE HQ at 666 Fifth Avenue has the '666' above it in huge numbers. There really is something to this Satanic stuff....

FatTony7915726's picture

Kushner strikes me as the anti-christ.  The White House drops on his lap and he is given important powers.  The 666 is etched beneath his hair!  beware, this guy is spooky and scares me!

Newsboy's picture

Quid-Pro-Quo, same as it ever was...

besnook's picture

the money was originally given to sadat as a bribe to keep peace with israel and stay in the pocket of the usa. egypt used to be close to russia. russia and china couls sweeten the pot and the usa would lose the mideast except for israel(the sauds are turning chinese).

jcaz's picture

Fucking unreal-  $1.3B for what, exactly?   Let's see some fucking documentation on where the money we've sent them thus far has gone.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

It's much harder to skim off the top within US borders, needs to go oversees so they can take their cut.

Banana Republican's picture

Gotta pay 'em if you want to meet with 'em.

World's oldest profession.

Justin Case's picture

foreign aid=money laundering of MIC. Sell hardware at outragious prices and fill offshore accounts of deal participants. Quarrel over who gets how much. Tax payer=LOSER.

swmnguy's picture

Correct.  It's not "foreign aid."  It's an MIC subsidy, as you say, laundered.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Yep, wonder if us plebes can get in on that action?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Kind of like US entitlements, huh?

Phat Stax's picture

Kushner the Diplomat...  BWAAAAHAHAHA!

PGR88's picture

Its the same with people in Baltimore or Chicago!

PGR88's picture

Its the same with people in Baltimore or Chicago!

Rolln's picture

Just like a wife's family... Just Don't do it..

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

General Kelly, can you please get this fucking kike Kushner out of the White House. I guarantee you it will be a politically popular move everywhere. Well, except Tel Aviv of course.

dark pools of soros's picture

300 million doesnt even feed their camels

Dickweed Wang's picture

But it sure could buy a few thousand cases of black market beer to stash in the oasis' . . .

Justin Case's picture

Lunch money for those camel jockeys. Real money talk is in the billions. Some of those shiekhs in Saudi have over 150 Rolls Royces with full time staff of body men and mechanics from Rolls Royce, working rotations every 6 weeks. Private jet is a Boeing 747 custom made. The last one had to have the air frame and wings modified for the extra weight of 8 tons with the goodies he ordered installed.

BandGap's picture

Pulled their EBT card.

Coming to a theatre near you.

sidfalco's picture

This is McMaster trying to get the Muslim Brotherhood back in the frame. He really is a pro-jihadi sack of sheeit.

tripletail's picture

Peace Advisor? Now, that's funny. /s

silverer's picture

Egypt's reaction? It's really the same reaction Hillary's friends had when she lost the election for similar reasons, and it continues to this day.

Justin Case's picture

Hillary cut a deal with Saudi and the foundation got a $10 mil contribution. How moving of those barbarians.

the late idi armin's picture

"if you don't pay us, we don't do shit for you".

 

williambanzai7's picture

Who the fuck is Kushner?

Dickweed Wang's picture

A liberal democratic, millennial, shit head . . .

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

A 36 year old with zero fucking experience.  At least throw a seasoned grey haired guy to at least give the APPEARANCE that we are actually trying to solve the world's problems that we instigate.

AlphaSeraph's picture

A couple of years before Millenials started popping out. He's a late Gen Xer.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ william,

I don't know who the Kid is. However, now he's has a case of Kushlash.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LEX1PFWZ1Xc