Sen. John McCain said that the United States should immediately suspend financial aid to the Egyptian army after a coup that toppled elected President Mohammed Morsi.
“We have to suspend aid to Egyptian military because the military has overturned the vote of the people,” the Arizona Republican told Al Jazeera
“We cannot repeat the same mistakes that we made in other times of our history by supporting the removal of freely elected governments,” he added.
The United States has been providing $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt since 1979, with about $1.3 billion going to the Egyptian army.
Morsi was ousted on Wednesday by the Egyptian Army, which suspended the country’s constitution and called for new elections.
Adly Mansour was named interim president. Pro-reform leader
McCain, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that the Obama administration should demand that the Egyptian army set a timetable for elections and for drawing up a new constitution.
“And then we should evaluate whether to continue with aid or not,” McCain told Al Jazeera.
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