U.S. will reconsider Egypt aid based on performance - Kerry

Reuters

By Lesley Wroughton

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The United States willconsider resuming aid to Egypt "on the basis of performance"that encourages democracy through elections, U.S. Secretary ofState John Kerry said on Thursday, a day after Washington haltedsome aid to Cairo.

Speaking shortly after arriving in Malaysia, Kerry said thesuspension of some aid to its regional ally did not meanWashington was severing ties with the army-backed government inCairo over the ousting of President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

"The interim government understands very well our commitmentto the success of this government... and by no means is this awithdrawal from our relationship or a severing of our seriouscommitment to helping the government," Kerry told reporters.

Washington announced on Wednesday it would withholddeliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missilesas well as $260 million in cash aid in a bid to ensure Cairofollows a political "roadmap" unveiled after Mursi's removal.

"We will continue to make certain the roadmap remains aprimary goal for the interim government because I believe theydo want to continue the relationship in a positive way with theUnited States," Kerry said.

"We want this government to succeed but we want it also tobe the kind of government that Americans feel comfortablesupporting," he added.

Kerry said restoring the aid would depend on steps taken bythe Egyptian government to move toward a political transition.

"As we see this roadmap evolve and actually be met, whichthe government has said, we expect the renewal of certain ofthose systems as it is deemed by the President of the UnitedStates to be relevant to that particular moment and to therelationship.

"So this will be on a basis of performance and it will be onthe basis of what evolves over the course of the roadmap in thenext months," he added.

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