US to Sell Missiles to Egypt Despite Human Rights Record

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The Biden Administration announced Thursday to U.S. Congress the sale of 5,070 TOW 2A anti-tank missiles to Egypt, including equipment and training, for a total value of $691M. According to documents released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the “proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East.”

Egypt, the cultural center of the Arab world and home to the Suez Canal is the second-largest recipient of US foreign aid, receiving roughly $1.3B annually. Since 2011, the North African country has been waging a counterinsurgency campaign in the Sinai against the jihadist group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sinai Province, mainly with American funding and arms. In recent years Egypt has moved away from its reliance on American military hardware as lawmakers in the US have raised questions regarding Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s human rights record, going as far as withholding $300M in military aid in 2014, a move that was blocked by both former US presidents Obama and Trump under the auspices of national security.

In March of this year, Congress voted to withhold $130M of funding to Egypt until a set of human rights requirements were met, exigencies that Egypt failed to complete. Despite the failure of President Sissi to meet American demands in regard to human rights, the United States views the failed Russian invasion of Ukraine as an opportunity to increase American influence in Egypt as the Kremlin’s credibility and military aptitude are under question and Russia’s influence in the Middle East is waning.

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