[12 July 13] US to send Egypt more F-16 fighter jets - English

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The United States Department of Defense plans to send four more F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, according to American officials. \"There is no current change in the plan to deliver F-16s to the Egyptian military,\" an unnamed U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday. Another American official said the deliveries were likely next month. Eight more F-16 fighter jets were slated to be delivered in December. Washington\'s plan comes despite the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup last week. The Obama administration said it is still reviewing whether or not to label the ouster of Morsi by the military a coup. On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Washington will not stop providing military aid to Egypt despite the Morsi ouster. \"We think it would not be in the best interests of the United States\" to change its aid program at this time, Carney said. According to U.S. law, financial assistance to any country whose elected head of state is deposed in a military coup is prohibited. Republican Senator John McCain also said U.S. aid to Egypt should be cut off in accordance with U.S. law. \"It is difficult for me to conclude that what happened was anything other than a coup in which the military played a decisive role,\" McCain said.

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