A day after the US announced that it will be cutting Washington’s aid to Egypt by more than $90 million, Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry’s meeting with White House adviser Jared Kushner was canceled. However, Kushner, who is currently in Cairo, will meet with the Egyptian president.
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The meeting that was slated for today (Wednesday) between Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry and US President Donald Trump’s top adviser Jared Kushner has been canceled. An official explanation for the sudden change was not given by either side but the cancellation comes just one day after Egypt harshly criticized Trump’s decision to cut Washington’s aid to the Arab country by more than $90 million.
Despite the cancellation, Kushner will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. It is still unclear whether the meeting with Sisi was scheduled before or after the cancellation.
Yesterday, Washington announced that it has decided to considerably slash its aid to Egypt, citing the lack of human rights improvements and democratic practices in the country.
Egypt was furious after hearing Washington’s announcement. In a statement, Egypt said that this decision “harms the strategic relations between the two countries.” Cairo also warned that the decision has a larger impact on the stability in the country and will most likely harm the two countries’ mutual interests.