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US, EU reset Egypt policies

The United States shipping Apache helicopters to Cairo, and the European Union decision to monitor coming presidential elections in Egypt, are signs that the US and EU are switching their Egypt policies.
An Apache helicopter flies over Tahrir Square during a protest to support the army, in Cairo July 26, 2013. Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi is under investigation for an array of charges including murder, the state news agency said on Friday, stoking tensions as opposing political camps took to the streets. Confirming the potential for bloodshed, two men were killed in confrontations in Egypt's second city Alexandria and a further 19 were hurt, Mena news agency reported. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (
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There are many signs that the United States, European Union and other international players are gradually shifting their positions to align themselves back with Egypt. After months of postponement and conflicting messages, the United States will finally deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt ahead of Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy's official visit to Washington.

Earlier this week, news leaked that Cairo is hosting a Russian delegation to discuss the purchase of 24 MiG-35s, Russia’s top fighter jet, not sold as of yet to any other country. The original $3 billion arms deal, announced in February, detailed Egypt buying Russian MiG-29s and Mi-35 helicopters. To now include MiG-35s is definitely a step that could have worried Washington.

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