On Arms-to-Egypt, Obama Answers Hill’s Call

On Arms-to-Egypt, Obama Answers Hill’s Call

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama answered a call from Republicans and Democrats when he ended a freeze on arms transactions to Egypt, and the move is winning him rare bipartisan praise.

The White House in October 2013 froze all sales of military hardware to Egypt, hoping to bring about democratic reforms there. The move came after political and economic turmoil that followed the 2011 “Arab Spring” ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak, for decades a close US ally.

The White House’s decision came mere days after Egyptian military forces began bombing militant targets inside Yemen.

At a time when Obama’s foreign policy — especially efforts to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program — is being criticized by members of both parties, the Egypt decision was applauded on both sides of the aisle.

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