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Egypt-US relations in turmoil, says minister

Reuters | Last Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 16:01

Cairo: Relations between the United States and Egypt are in deep-seated turmoil which could hurt the entire Middle East, the Egyptian foreign minister said in remarks published on Wednesday.

Nabil Fahmy told the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper the extension of the period of instability in ties would "reflect negatively on the entire region, including American interests".

"We are now in a delicate state reflecting the turmoil in the relationship and anyone who says otherwise is not speaking honestly," he said.

Egypt criticised a US decision last week to curtail military and economic aid to Cairo after a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, although Washington stressed it was not severing ties with its long-standing ally.

US officials said the move reflected Washington`s unhappiness with Egypt`s path since the Army overthrew freely-elected President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 03.

The Army-backed interim government insisted Egypt would not bow to US pressure, saying it found the decision strange at a time when the country was "facing a war against terrorism".

First Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 16:01

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