EU agrees to maintain Egyptian aid following emergency meeting

21 Aug 13
European Union foreign ministers have agreed to continue providing aid to Egypt amid the crisis in the country, but export licences for weapons will be suspended.

By | 22 August 2013

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to continue providing aid to Egypt amid the crisis in the country, but export licences for weapons will be suspended.

After an extraordinary meeting in Brussels, the 27 EU member states said there is ‘great concern’ following recent events, which have seen protestors killed following the army’s decision to remove president Mohammed Morsi last month.

The EU’s foreign affairs council said that the recent actions of the Egyptian security forces in clearing protests ‘have been disproportionate and have resulted in an unacceptable large number of deaths and injuries’. The published conclusions urged all Egyptians to halt ‘the cycle of violence’ and refrain from actions that would incite further violence.

Ministers agreed that the EU would continue to provide assistance to the country, which currently gets support through the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Association Agreement, to support ‘the most vulnerable groups’. However, this situation will be closely monitored, and the union was ready to ‘readjust its cooperation’ if necessary.

Member states have agreed to suspend export licenses to Egypt of ‘any equipment that might be used for internal repression’, and will also individually review their security assistance with Egypt.

 

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