- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The current state of relations between Egyptian and U.S. authorities has sunk to such lows that the entire Middle East region could suffer, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Wednesday.

“We are now in a delicate state reflecting the turmoil in the relationship and anyone who says otherwise is not speaking honestly,” Mr. Fahmy said in published statements picked up in Ynet News.

The “turmoil” has been brewing for a while, he said, but rifts have deepened in recent days, most notably after the United States announced a decrease in military and economic aid. At the same time, Washington politicos say they don’t want to cut ties with Egypt.

And Cairo authorities, meanwhile, insist they won’t cede their sovereignty to the United States.

Mr. Fahmy also called for warmer relations, insisting the instability of U.S.-Egypt relations would “reflect negatively on the entire region, including American interests.”

Egypt has been a longtime ally of America in the region.


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