US not to cut money to Mubarak

The United States provides $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt, the vast majority of which is military assistance.

US not to cut money to Mubarak


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday called on embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to hold free and fair elections and said Washington was not considering a cutoff of money to Cairo for now.

She also said on ABC's "This Week" that Mubarak's appointment on Saturday of intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as vice president marked the "bare beginning" of political reform, but insisted that much more needed to be done.

Clinton said the Obama administration did not want to see a "void" in power in Egypt.

"I don't think anyone wants to see instability, chaos, increasing violence," she said. "We want to an orderly transition to a democratic government, to economic reform."

However, Clinton declined to repeat earlier elections that Mubarak's government was stable, saying, "I'm not going to get into either or choices."

Clinton also held off on using the most tangible leverage the United States has with Mubarak when she said on ABC, "There is no discussion as of this time about cutting off aid," though she added "we always are looking and reviewing our aid."

The United States provides $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt, the vast majority of which is military assistance.


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