SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt — Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday promised a decision soon about a restoration of military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the military takeover of the country in 2013.
Mr. Kerry spoke at a government-sponsored economic development conference here in this Red Sea resort city, intending to convey American support for promises of economic liberalization laid out by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former general who led the military takeover in 2013.
American-made Apache helicopters buzzed low overhead during his remarks as a reminder of the importance that Egypt attaches to American military aid.
In the aftermath of the takeover and a crackdown on supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Obama administration suspended more than $700 million of the $1.3 billion in annual American military aid to Egypt.
The failure to release all of the aid, including the delivery of some F-16 fighter planes, has become a major issue for Mr. Sisi’s government and among his supporters.
The government is struggling to squash a campaign of attacks against military and police personnel by Islamist militants based in the North Sinai, and Mr. Sisi’s supporters argue that his government needs the heavy weaponry and other aid to help fight the militants.