U.S. withholding of aid to Egypt military includes hundreds of millions of dollars -official

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The United States' decision tohold back aid to Egypt's military is not meant to be permanent,senior administration officials said on Wednesday.

Officials briefed reporters on the details of an aidreduction to Egypt that involves several large military systems.The amount of aid withheld amounts to "hundreds of millions" ofdollars, one official said.

Washington will halt a $260 million cash transfer to Egypt,the officials said.

In hopes the move will pressure Egypt's military leaders totake steps to restore democracy after the ouster of electedPresident Mohamed Mursi last summer, the officials said the aidcut-off is not meant to be permanent.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Egyptian army chiefGeneral Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to tell him about the developments,one official said.

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