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Egypt Bristling Over US Rhetoric, Defense Attache Says

Congressional threats to cut assistance to Egypt threaten to erode an already fragile trust between Washington and Cairo, Egypt's defense attache in Washington tells Al-Monitor in an exclusive interview.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 24, 2012.   REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

WASHINGTON — US congressional rhetoric and actions humiliate and frustrate Egypt’s leaders, the country’s defense attaché told Al-Monitor in an exclusive interview, adding that tensions threaten to erode an already fragile trust since the revolution.

“Every day we wake up in the morning and we see somebody from the Hill is threatening and they say we have to cut the aid, we have to hold the aid,” Maj. Gen. Mohamed Elkeshky said. “It hurts our dignity and our sovereignty. And you find the public opinion in Egypt also says it’s enough.”

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