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The Florida Republican noted that the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid is the only leverage Washington has to influence the outcome of the deadly confrontations.

“American taxpayer dollars are not an entitlement for countries to do with as they please,” Mrs. Ros-Lentinen said.

She criticized Mr. Obama for failing to “act decisively” before and after the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

“The United States must take a firm stance and not dither in order to encourage both sides to get back on track toward democracy,” she said.

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

• Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, who meets Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss U.S.-Chinese military issues, including cybersecurity.

Wednesday

• Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, who discusses Georgia’s tense relations with Russia at a forum at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

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