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EGYPT-PARTNERS AT ODDS
Egypt decries cut in US aid, says decision incorrect and ill-timed
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:43 AM EDT
Egypt has decried Washington's decision to freeze a sizable chunk of its annual $1.5 billion aid to Egypt, saying the move was wrong and ill-timed.
The U.S. said the aid would be restored if "credible progress" was made toward setting up an inclusive government in the wake of the ouster in a July 3 coup of Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist freely elected in June 2012.
The Foreign Ministry statement said Cairo was keen to maintain good relations with Washington, but will independently decide its domestic policies.