The Obama administration said the United States would not withhold aid to Egypt despite the attacks on the embassy in Cairo.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “no” – flatly – on Thursday in response to questions from reporters aboard Air Force One, the Washington Examiner
“It’s important to note, as the readout of the president’s call noted, that…we appreciate the public statements that President Morsi has made condemning acts of violence.” Carney said.
But when asked about the President’s remarks on whether Egypt remains an ally, Carney added this clarification: “No, the president, in diplomatic and legal terms, was speaking correctly. As I said, we do not have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt, like we do, for example, with our NATO allies.
“But as the president has said, Egypt is a longstanding and close partner of the United States, and we have built on that foundation in supporting Egypt’s transition to democracy and working with the new government,” Carney said.
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