The United States is preparing to announce changes in its 1.5-billion-dollar annual aid package to Egypt following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, the State Department said Wednesday, dpa reported.
A spokeswoman declined to provide details, including when the new policy would be announced, but said Egypt would continue receiving US aid.
"We will continue to support a democratic transition and oppose violence as a means to resolving differences in Egypt," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. "Our relationship with the Egyptian government, including US assistance to Egypt, will continue."
But Harf also noted that Obama has been clear that "we are not able to continue with business as usual," citing the US decision in July not to go ahead with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt because of unrest in the country.
"We believe it's important to remain engaged. The question, of course, is what that engagement looks like," she said, adding "walking away from this relationship wouldn't be good for the Egyptian people."
The State Department said the announcement will be made "in the coming days."
Media reports quoting unidentified US officials indicated the US would make reductions in significant parts of US non-essential military aid to Egypt.
Several types of military hardware would not be delivered to the Egyptian military, including tanks, helicopters and fighter jets - equipment that the Egyptian military could use against protesters, the reports said.
EU foreign ministers also agreed to suspend the delivery of any equipment to Egypt that could be used against protesters.
Egypt has experienced a surge in political violence since the military ousted democratically elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July. Morsi has been detained at an undisclosed location since then. Judicial authorities said Wednesday he would face trial starting November 4 on charges of incitement in the 2012 death of a group of 10 peaceful protesters.
Nearly all of the 1.5 billion dollars in aid requested by the Obama administration for Egypt in 2014 is military aid, news reports said.
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