US strikes $2 billion arms deal with Egypt amid rights issues

US strikes $2 billion arms deal with Egypt amid rights issues

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 military transport planes to Egypt, in a deal worth more than $2 billion, the BBC reports.

Air defence radar systems and other related equipment are also being sold for another $300m.

The arms sales come despite recent criticism from the US President Joe Biden’s administration of Egypt’s human rights record.

In September, Washington placed on hold $130m in military aid already budgeted for Egypt.

Officials cited Cairo’s failure to improve the rights situation.

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